While Christmas seems so very far away now, it’s definitely not if you’re a traditional observer. Today is the 6th day of Christmas — as in 6 Geese A-Laying, right?
The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings’ Day). The four weeks preceding Christmas are collectively known as Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on December 24.
think a long, cold and frozen day nursing a hangover and watching old movies while playing cards with the kids, right?– but since I love black-eyed peas and my folks were both raised in the deep south, I’m going with those little beauties this year. (For an interesting article on many New Year’s Day lucky food traditions, click here.)
This black eyed pea soupappeared one noon when I just wanted something real to eat…something warm and filling, but not fattening. Contrary to common opinions or the instructions on the package, black eyed peas do not have to soak, nor do they take two hours to cook. Took about an hour cooking time plus prep. Perfect for a lucky New Year’s Day when you’re too tired to cook much. Or hungover and in need of healthy, filling food. Want corn bread? I include my favorite recipe at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to dunk.