The information I found about the song, The 12 Days of Christmas listed presents given as far back as 1780. Given the times, one would be given gifts including Parrots, Starlings, Plovers, Gold Pinks, Feathers, and food. Here are some of the more interesting ones.
A very pretty peacock upon a pear tree
Goldie ring and the part of a June Apple Tree (Referring to a ring necked pheasant)
Turtle Doves and the part of a mistletoe bough
Ducks a laying
Squabs a swimming
Hares a running
Boys a singing
Bears a beating
Ships a sailing
Cocks a crowing
Lads a loping
Bulls a beating
Stalks of merry corn
Three sides of meat
Fourteen rounds of cheese
In the spirit of The 12 Days of Christmas here is our version. There are many things we are able to find but they are from a store that imports ( $$$$$ ) foreign food and it is very expensive compared to what we paid back in the US, so these things are a real treat for us.
Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and salami with Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Vlasic Dill Pickle sandwich on fresh Sourdough French Bread
Celery with Cheddar Cheese and Wheat Thins
Vegetarian Bean Burritos, with Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese,
Fresh Cilantro, and Tostito Lime Chips
No picture of the burrito because it was gone before we realized it!
Pancakes with Maple Syrup
Fresh Mozzarella with basil on a toasted baguette with tomato and garlic.
No picture here either!
Rice Krispie Treats
Turkey Dinner (aka:Chicken) with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce and Stove Top Stuffing
This is the reason we used chicken instead.
Even at the favorable exchange rate we have now this bird would be $176.00 USD.
Pumpkin Pie-ish Dessert
I don't have an oven so I made this in my rice cooker. I mixed the wet ingredients per the instructions then I divided it in half and also divided in half the cake mix and the butter. I put these three separate containers in the refrigerator for the next week.
I poured the wet mix in the rice cooker, sprinkled the cake mix and swirled it through a little bit and poured the butter over the top. I cooked it on the “regular rice setting”. When it was done I let it cool completely and turned it out on a plate. It really satisfied our craving for pumpkin pie!
For Santa, Italian Lemon Cookies, Danish Butter Cookies, Vanilla Wafers, Ginger Snaps
Next year Vince says to leave him Pizza and Microbrew Craft Beer instead.
Merry Christmas Everyone!