Merry Christmas! Bon Appetit!

Last night, I spent some time preparing two of my required holiday foods.

I know I am not alone in feeling that an important part of Christmas (and Thanksgiving) is having certain foods. For example, I can’t imagine either holiday dinner without butternut squash. When I was growing up in Michigan, my father raised them so we had them often, but they tasted best on those two feast days.

But traditions evolve. One I have created involves collard greens.

I never had them until I lived in New York. I didn’t even know how to spell the word correctly. For a long time, I thought it was spelled “colored,” because as a child I was told that Black people ate them (of course, the word used was not “black”). A couple of years before we moved to Richmond, Jonathan and I ate in a Jamaican restaurant in Brooklyn famous for their collards. I was hooked at the first bite. I have been fixing them ever since, and especially when feeding a large group (like the MCC Richmond Christmas Day potluck).

So I cannot imagine Thanksgiving or Christmas without collards. I think mine are pretty good–especially because as a vegetarian I don’t use fatback or other meat products for seasoning. Instead, liquid smoke does the trick, along with a healthy dose of red pepper (and a couple of other things I keep to myself).

I know how blessed I am to be able to go to the store and buy these two favorites, and then to have a stove and all the necessary ingredients to prepare them. So, in addition to eating them with delight and gusto, I pray for the day to come soon when everyone in the world can eat their favorite holiday foods–and eat well every day.

Merry Christmas! And Bon Appetit!

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas! Bon Appetit!”

  1. It is truly a blessing to be able to enjoy our favorite foods and family during the holiday seasons, which brings me to my request. I volunteer with the Greensville County Rescue Squad in Emporia, VA. I was on duty Christmas Day. We received a 911 call of a man who had collapsed but was still breathing. When we got there, his family had started CPR on him. His breathing was very faint. God saw it fit to take him home and he makes no mistakes. Please pray that the family of Mr. Miles will have the strength to continue to hold their heads high and to keep there hands in God’s unchanging hands. When the Christmas holiday comes around next year, allow them to rejoice and remember the good times they had with him, for he was a husband, father, uncle, cousin and friend to someone. We all know that Christmas in the Miles’ household will not be the same but let them continue to also celebrate the the real reason for the season. Be Blessed. Shelly

    1. Thank you for your sensitive response to my post. And thank you for the wonderful gift you give to your community. One way to describe my work as a pastor is saving souls; thank you for stepping up to save lives. And for caring about all those affected–the dead and the loved ones they leave behind. I have put Mr. Miles and his family on my personal prayer list for the year ahead.
      Robin Gorsline

  2. Thank you Pastor Robin. I am a true believer in that when prayers go up, blessings come down. I thank you so much for lifting up this family in prayer for the upcoming year.

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