Twas Days Before Christmas

December 23, 2012


‘Twas days before Christmas and all through the house…


I got French toast cooking; home with no spouse.

With banana and Nutty Butter {Egg Nog!} and sprinkles as dots,


And a mug of rich coffee, splash of milk on top.


The children were all nestled all snug in their beds, while I showered and dressed and ensured they were fed.


When out of my phone there arose such a clatter, I answered right away to see what was the matter.


“The bakery has pizza!” my husband did say; I’ll be there in 30. I was on my way


When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and three tiny rein-bears (and a llama)

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On Bocker, On Beaker, On Churton and Llamey,
Come Mazen, there’s pizza! Said the mommy


We dashed to the bakery, which was filled with cheer


And dug into the pizza, cheese far and near



Down to my belly 3 slices came with a bound


So glad daddy was hangin’ around!

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,


And Alex’s clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot!! Winking smile


A mug of Pero when I got back,


And cereal with yogurt I had for a snack!


The restaurant twinkled. At Mas, how merry!


His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!


A wink of my eyes and a twist of my head,

Soon I knew that I would eat bread!


And clams and salad and carne asada


With kale and fiery tomatoes, of which we loved a lotta

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And laying a finger aside of my nose,
And giving a nod, bacon dates we chose.


We walked home in the cold, with barely a light,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”


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1 Rebecca December 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

Loved this post! Happy Holidays to you and your family! :)


2 Becca December 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

This was a beautiful post, Kath!

Merry Xmas to you, Mazen, and Matt! <3


3 sara p @ fitcupcaker December 23, 2012 at 8:50 am

What a Cute post. I love bacon wrapped dates. They have them at a pub near our house!


4 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

What a cute post Kath! You have a beautiful family. Enjoy your first Christmas as a mama :)


5 lisa fine December 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

Cute post, Kath. Very clever.

What types of pizza are you selling at the bakery?


6 KathEats December 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

We aren’t selling them – this was just a lunch for the hard-working employees


7 chris December 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

Love the poetic ode to Christmas and your little man’s adorable pix! As soon as I’m back in Cville I’m heading into GH for pizza, hope you’ll have some over the New Year! Hugs to you and the whole family for a happy and healthy 2013!


8 KathEats December 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

It’s by special request only, but I can let you know the next time he does it : )


9 chris December 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thanks!! I personally think pizza is the perfect food, I love to put goat cheese and veggies on mine though the purists in the family might disagree :-)


10 lucy Lincoln December 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

must be so exciting now you have little one to be festive and xmassy around! enjoy the build up to the fun day!


11 Rosie December 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

Very cute…Merry Christmas!


12 Simply Life December 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

oh this is too cute! what a great post!


13 Amy in Canada December 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

That was awesome! Cutest Maze outfit yet! I’m on my own for Christmas this year so lovely to share in your celebrations. Happy Holidays to all of you!


14 beth grossman December 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

what kind of clams are those; they look oblong???


15 KathEats December 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

They were razor clams from Cape Cod. I’d never heard of them – they were weird!


16 Spice Chicken December 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Razorback clams! You can find their shells on beaches at the Cape.


17 beth grossman December 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

I have lived in boston area for 30 years and have never seen these …..wierd yes


18 Nellie December 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

I live on cape cod and have never seen those served anywhere!!


19 KathEats December 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

They seem to be hard to catch (they were on the Mas menu as “long awaited”). This tells more about growing on Cape cod:


20 Tami@nutmegnotebook December 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

Want a fun and clever post! Thank you for sharing your delicious meal plans, healthy life style and your family with us. Wishing your family a joy filled holiday!


21 sarah December 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

Kath –
What a darling post! Thank you for your blog, I truly enjoy all you share.
Wishing you, Mazen and Matt a blessed and beautiful first Christmas together!
with love,
sarah in canada


22 Courtney December 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

Nailed it.


23 Silvia @ skinny jeans food December 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

oh mey, Mazen has grown so much, seemingly over night! In no time at all, he will get his own piece of bread to chew on at the bakery 😉

happy holidays!


24 Karen December 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

Christmas Blessings to you, Mazen & Matt !


25 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

Merry (first) Christmas to your family of 3 now! How exciting for you guys to have Mazen here to celebrate this year.

I need a cup of that Pero, too :)


26 Susan Palma December 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

Merry Xmas to you, Mazen, and Matt! I absolutely love your food blog. I stumbled upon your blog about 6 months ago. I am now totally addicted to reading your posts every morning with my healthy breafast – oatmeal. Thanks for sharing your family with us – your beautiful boy Mazen, your husband Matt, your awesome parents and wonderful grandmother. I am a foodie to. Plus I retired from my bakery business a year ago. It is nice to see what Matt is baking. My husband & I will have to take a trip from Northern Virginia to GH for the delicious pasteries and baked goods after the holidays. Thank you for speading the word of eating healthy. Love your videos. May 2013 be filled with great health and happiness for you and your family.


27 KathEats December 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for reading Susan <3


28 Heather Eats Almond Butter December 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

Cuteness. Merry Christmas Kath!


29 lynn @ the actor's diet December 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

you’re a poet…and you know it, right? merry x-mas kath!


30 sarah venn December 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

Merry Christmas to you and your family Kath! Thank you for sharing your life with us! Mazen is beyond cute in his shirt and tie outfit! He is a very handsome boy!


31 Natalie December 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

Long time reader but never commented before this post. I just had to say this: Nailed it.


32 Kel December 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

Ha! Loved a lotta! How cute!

Merry Almost Christmas!


33 Molly @ RDexposed December 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

That’s such a sweet picture of you and Mazen!


34 Alycia P. December 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

This is so cute! What a fun post. I’m now craving bacon dates!


35 Mai December 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

such an adorable post!


36 Emilia December 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Love the poem, so cute! Mazen looks so grown up in these photos, hope he has a brilliant first Christmas :)

And the photos of the bears is ridiculously adorable, love.


37 Mom December 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Happy holidays everybody!


38 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ December 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

How many experiences in one blog post. I enjoyed reading it!


39 Ashley December 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Awww! LOVED this post!! 😀 😀 😀


40 Laura December 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Great post Kath! Mazen is getting so big :)


41 Madelyn Moon December 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I nominated you for the versatile blogger award!


42 KathEats December 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm



43 Elyse December 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Loved this post–so festive and cute! That boy of yours grows more adorable by the day–loveing the chubby cheeks!!! Thanks for always been such a healthy food/living inspiration. Merry Christmas!

P.S. You look wonderful in the photo in this post!!


44 Kristy December 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

It is Christmas Eve here! So my sons keep reminding me! A beautiful post, beautifully written. I’m ready for Christmas now!


45 Karen H December 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

What a cute poem and post! Thanks for sharing. :)
Merry Christmas to all!


46 Lisa December 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Wow, lots of good food!

….but all I can focus on is how cute and chubby Mazen is getting!!!


47 Lisa December 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

That read wrong…..he has *always* been CUTE….but he’s getting so chubby! :)


48 Jessica December 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

This was so cute! :)


49 Katherine December 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm
50 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm

This is so cute, and so is your little boy as usual! That pizza looks to die for.


51 Meghan @Health Continuum December 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm

The pizza looks amazing! I have been meaning to try your pizza dough recipe. I think this post has finally convinced me!


52 Olivia December 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Tooooo cute! God bless <3


53 Spice Chicken December 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Thanks for this fun post and all your great photos and ideas. Your combination of turkey and apple butter on sandwiches is *blowing my mind.* So amazingly good, and I never would have thought of it myself. Mazen is getting so big! Best wishes to you and your family for a great Christmas and happy new year.


54 Sue December 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Adorable post! Your son is so perfectly cute….


55 Laurie December 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Love, love, love it and so glad the bears made an appearance!!! They are my fav!! (except for of course Mazen!)


56 cathy@1970kikiproject December 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

merry christmas to you and your family, kath! mazen’s FIRST christmas = extra special!
loved your creative writing in this post!


57 Allison@commitcomplete December 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

This is too cute. Hope you have a wonderful first Christmas as a family of 3!


58 Ellen M. Gregg December 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

What a festive post! :-) Mazen is growing fast! Love those smiles. Merriest Christmas to you and yours. :-)


59 Angel7 December 24, 2012 at 12:51 am

I love the rein-bears :) It looks like the bottom bear did a nose dive (LOL)

Where did you get the grey-colored animal hat that Mazen is wearing in the picture with Matt at the restaurant? It is adorable!!!


60 KathEats December 24, 2012 at 3:04 am

It’s a store called Naartjie. Really cute!


61 Robin December 24, 2012 at 5:47 am

Sweet! Have a great Christmas!


62 Katie December 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

Love this!


63 RJ December 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

Asada + lotta! Love it! Merry Christmas!!


64 Lisa @bitesforbabies December 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

Great Christmas parody! I didn’t have the energy (nor the imagination!) to come up with one for my blog so I just posted a few funny ones that I found on the net!


65 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde December 25, 2012 at 12:34 am

Loved this post!! So creative and clever :) Merry Christmas!


66 Jen and Emily December 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

What an adorable post! Very cute and original.

You have inspired us this year and we are thankful to have found your blog. Thank you for leading us to do our own blog out of loving what you do!

We headed home from Snowshoe on Saturday and were passing through with just enough time to run by the bakery and get lots of bread so we can try all the amazing bread and french toast we read about on your blog all the time :). Apple Scrapple french toast is coming our way in the next day or two! We decided to call and reserve all the loaves we wanted because we wanted to make sure they weren’t sold out…..and Matt answered the phone so cheery and nice!

Happy Holidays and we look forward to continue to follow you in the 2013 :)


67 Mandi December 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

What a great post! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!


68 Janet December 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Loved the post and seeing the bears. I’ve been missing their adventures.


69 Melissa December 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

Very artistic post-loved the oats by the Christmas tree and wreath pictures! Beautiful colors!


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