Sunday, December 13, 2009

Poll Results Are In!

It's probably because I've been participating in the Weekend Cooking meme at Beth Fish Reads, but I just had to ask how we feel about all the holiday food around us. Participants were allowed to choose as many answers as they needed.

75 people answered the call, and here are the results:

64% said that family and friends are really what make all the food special. I agree wholeheartedly. It's easy to forget, but once I'm in remembrance mode, I'm amazed at the number of memories that bring together family, friends, and food.

61% of us say that we ignore the calories and enjoy all the goodies this time of year. Wait till after the new year for the guilt, I always say!

40% love cooking and baking for the holidays, which certainly helps the 32% who are non-cooks but love eating the goodies! I may have inherited many delicious recipes from the cooks in my family, but my heart has never been into preparing them. Let the cooks cook while I do the decorating and the buying and wrapping of gifts.

18% have gone to a restaurant for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I am one of them. When my mother died, I no longer had family living here in Phoenix. That first solo Thanksgiving saw a group of friends take me out to dinner, and it turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. Going to another family's celebration would have reminded me of what I no longer had, and I would have been miserable. Instead those wonderful friends and I laughed our way through the meal.

17% of us indulge in all the holiday goodies but feel guilty about it. I honestly wish I could take everyone's guilt away, but I can't. (Just make sure I pedal that last mile on my stationary bike, would you?)

14% of us said that we don't find all the holiday baking appealing. Not everyone does. Could be while most of us are snarfing down all the baked goodies, a few of us are eyeing that drumstick...or maybe that oyster dressing. Whatever makes our taste buds happy!


  1. these results pretty much look like I thought they would.

  2. Serena-- For once they did come out much as I anticipated, too.


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