There are, of course, many differences between the traditional Hanukkah and Christmas feasts, but perhaps the most notable is ham. This year my sister, who has boldly stormed out of restaurants all across this great nation and a few in Europe, and evokes the passion of Christ in her tears and tantrums to cap off the festivities, is coming to my house for dinner. So here's something for Christmas!
Damn Ham For Angry Family Dinners
You will need:
Half smoked ham
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbs. honey
1 can pineapple rings
Preheat your oven to 325. With a large knife score skin of the ham, then quickly hide knife from youngest sister who has been drinking gin all day and ranting about how someone threw away her prom dress. Hope she does not notice that you are now decked out in the finest Jessica McClintock the early 90's had to offer. In a sauce pot, mix together mustard, brown sugar and honey.
When brother arrives with his three perfect and perfectly annoying children, count seconds until he enters kitchen to tell you a better way to make ham. Tell him he's a big ham and to get the hell out. When he says to watch your language, tell him that language is inanimate and cannot be watched, stupid, and that he should watch his own kids who are now pouring candle wax on the cat. Smear sauce over ham.
Every time Mom takes a drink, entertain yourself by sticking a clove into the ham. Stop if you can no longer see the ham under all the cloves. Place pineapple rings over ham and stick a cherry inside each. Secure all over with toothpicks and stick in oven for 12 minutes per pound.
Invite Dad and his girlfriend over for drinks and a fun round of The Blame Game. No family dinner would be complete without one good storm-out and this would be your chance! Seize the spotlight with your tears and hoarsely wail about your thirteenth birthday party when all your presents were bought at CVS and wrapped in newspaper. Run to the driveway, grabbing a pillow as you go just in case they throw things at you when you return, or alternately, nobody comes to get you and you have to sleep in the car to prove your point.
When ham is ready, remove from oven. Strategically leave near Mom so she can hit Dad over the head, getting the whole business over with so you can go to bed. If Mediator or Interventionist has arrived, bring them with you to get them on your side.