It’s getting colder. The sign that Christmas is coming and with it gathering of the family, decorations, candles, good food and presents. The supermarket is already selling Christmas cookies, of course and new products are being prepared for launch so that they will make it under the tree. I like this time; I really enjoy being with friends and family and I always look forward to it. I listed some Christmas wishes for my kids to choose between. I always get a gift for my mother and for my children. Last year we were at my brothers place and had duck and pork for dinner with 2 kinds of potatoes, for dessert we had rice pudding. We all contribute with something, so that the work is divided. I make the rice pudding and have done so for more than 15 years. I start on December 22nd by cooking the rice with milk and vanilla. I heat it up on the stove, and when it boils, I put it in the oven to finish, this way it simmers without burning the bottom. The cooked rice needs to chill so I put it somewhere cold for the night. On the 23rd I peel the almonds and chop them coarsely; I then whisk the cream until it is just right (I know when) and mix it all carefully with the cold rice. Now it will sit until Christmas eve, then it will be a perfect balance of vanilla, cream, rice and almonds smothered with pickled cherries. Sometimes we will do the dancing and singing around the tree before the dessert. We don’t plan everything in advance except for who prepares what food. What happens on the evening of the 24rd is something we agree on as the evening progresses.