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Christmas tapas

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What’s a fun, special dish I can bring for a casual, quiet Christmas afternoon? Usually we have a huge Christmas meal with lasagna, several roast meats, tons of sides, fabulous desserts etc for at least a dozen people. However, this was a hard year for my family and instead of the usual giant Christmas blowout, my mom has requested we have a small casual afternoon with just us. She doesn’t want a big fancy sit down meal. She said each of us (me and my two sisters) should bring a dish of something we can put on the kitchen island and then we can snack on all day.

I’m sad that we’re not having our traditional feast and party but I want to respect my mom’s wishes, while still making the day nice. What’s a tapas-esque dish I can make? I’m staying with my parents for the holiday so I have access to their kitchen and can make whatever. I’m a decent baker, a so-so cook. I’m looking for something nicer than pigs in a blanket but not something that’s gonna take hours to make and destroy the kitchen. Something that seems special for a holiday.

Bonus question - any suggestions for something we can do to celebrate the day when we’re all feeling a little sad and beat down, but grateful to be together? We’re in upstate NY. My dad has some mobility difficulty so nice long hike in the woods wouldn’t work. I suggested volunteering somewhere but...they weren’t really into it.


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