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Old 12-22-2006, 06:39 PM   #11
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I'd rather sit on the couch in my comfy pants and watch "Love Actually" and "White Christmas" and down a couple gallons of eggnog. Maybe go get some discounted cards and wrappping paper later.
ah, love actually. What a great idea! dh is working overtime tomorrow, so I think I'll spend my evening wrapping gifts and folding laundry while I watch that movie. Thanks for the idea mudbug.
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I've planned a nice breakfast bread pudding for Christmas morning from Emeril that we'll have before retiring to the family room for present opening. We have refined the "art" of opening gifts on Christmas morning and have been known to take 3 hours to open goodies for just the two of us. Of course, it doesn't hurt that, while we open our packages, we're sipping bourbon and ginger ale. A local radio station always plays uninterrupted Christmas music from Christmas Eve through late Christmas morning, so we have that on softly. I may not even get out of my jammies all day.
That sounds like a great way to open gifts! It is a wonderful way to spend the day.
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Christmas eve as per Italian tradition is usually bigger than christmas day. I've got guests coming for dinner: Lou ( my boyfriend), Mark & Coco (my kids), Ivan and Blair (my husband and his girlfriend), Neil & Gordon (her husband and his boyfriend) Kenneth (girlfriend/husband's son) and Dr. Dave. (friend). We have cheese and breads with eggnog in the parlor before dinner. Dinner is about 4 courses. After dinner, or during a dinner break we'll probably open gifts with those we won't see the next day. Then, more dinner.
That is quite the extended family you have! That is great that you all can get together and enjoy the day!
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Old 12-22-2006, 06:59 PM   #12
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This is a great post. As for us, now that we spend Christmas Eve with my inlaws who are from Texas instead of the italians (my family) we will be trading in our fish feast for mexican food. We started this tradition a couple of years ago - we go out for mexican food and margaritas. When we come home I prepare mexican hot chocolate and we read stories under the tree. Rumor has it Santa will make an appearance. We then leave cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and Rudolph. After the toddler goes down, we watch "Elf" and eat popcorn. After the teenager goes to down, out come the presents, down go the cookies and milk and the stockings get stuffed. Christmas morning we open stockings first, then off to the tree we go - I will have some monkey bread baking from being prepared the night before (great recipe!). After that, it is time to hit the kitchen, which will be a big pot of gravy filled with meatballs, sausage, braciolle. I am planning a good antipasto platter for appetizers. Sister and I always enjoy stuffing shells together, we eat as much as we stuff, by dinner we are stuffed. By the time everyone goes home, time has flown too fast.
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:13 PM   #13
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It'll just be Buck and me...and all our kitty cats. We don't open gifts on Christmas Eve. Save that for Christmas morning. Christmas Eve will be quiet. Probably watch some television. I've already done most of what needs to be done for Christmas dinner so I can just slide easily into Christmas day.

I've planned a nice breakfast bread pudding for Christmas morning from Emeril that we'll have before retiring to the family room for present opening. We have refined the "art" of opening gifts on Christmas morning and have been known to take 3 hours to open goodies for just the two of us. Of course, it doesn't hurt that, while we open our packages, we're sipping bourbon and ginger ale. A local radio station always plays uninterrupted Christmas music from Christmas Eve through late Christmas morning, so we have that on softly. I may not even get out of my jammies all day.

When it's all said and done, the floor is covered with torn paper, snarls of ribbons and boxes filled with cats claiming a spot of their own. They get gifts, too, but I think they enjoy the boxes and paper more. A whole lot like children.

Sometime during the day there'll be several phone calls from our children and grandchildren, which rounds out an always wonderful holiday. I'm like a child when it comes to Christmas. I love it and can't wait to see what Santa has for me. I don't have much longer to wait.
Loved your thread, thank you for sharing- "Merry Christmas to you both" !
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:30 PM   #14
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Wish I could spend an hour with each of you, Love traditions and family ! God Bless you All !! Have a Great Christmas, making more memories!
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:56 PM   #15
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Our Christmas will be filled with smells of long ago when our Puerto Rican grandmother would cook all day for the evening meal. All the aunties would be helping and the kitchen would be filled with music, dancing, laughter, the wonderful aroma of Puerto Rican dishes. My cousins and I would dash in and out of the kitchen to get a little taste of this and that. I dearly miss those days, and my grandmother. Like grandma's house, we have our celebration on Christmas eve and it's always at my house. My mom usually makes the Puerto Rican dishes and there's a mish mosh of other dishes like sushi, ham and potato salad. We gather in my gazebo because the weather is so nice and the yard is filled with lights. Family, friends, good food and lots of presents, but most of all, thoughts of the Christ child so long ago.

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Old 12-22-2006, 08:59 PM   #16
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MicheleMarie, what is monkey bread?
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Old 12-22-2006, 09:58 PM   #17
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We will have lots of family come over on Christmas Eve Day for a potluck lunch. We usually spend the day eating and talking and just being together. Our family has gotten so big (and extended) that we don't do presents except for immediate family. At the end of the day I'm thankful to have spent time with family and thankful to see them go home.
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Old 12-23-2006, 02:05 AM   #18
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Christmas Eve is always a buffet with each kid picking someting and good ol Ma making it To honor my dad there will be avocado dip with either foccacia or sliced french bread to spread it on, a very large anti-pasto try with all typed of Italian meats and cheeses, plus peppers, marinated mushrooms, pickles, all kinds of olives, My sister has requested clam dip and chips, my oldest son meat balls and a dunking sauce,fondue was my mom's favorite so that is included, A large platter of shrimp and cocktail sauce for my grand daughters Alyssa and Gianna and my son Mike, Melon wrapped in proscuitto for my son in law, Cade, Carson and Ethan, will be far to excited to eat much but have requested, cookies, candies and ice cream Olivia, said MILK There will be smoked salmon and crackers, my oother son in law asked for pigs in a blanket sooo we have a few of those as well.
Christmas day is prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes,sauteed mushrooms, artichokes, salad, home made rolls and what I call a bee hive, which is just a very large cream puff sliced through the center filled with whipped cream and topped with melted cocolate and a dusting of powdered sugar, I make 3 of these..and that's about it...As I said in another thread, the best part is the little guys as they play and run to me and ask when do we get a pesent Ma? That and their hugs and kisses and thank yous are like silver bells ringing through the house.
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:44 AM   #19
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On Christmas eve I usually have my family and their GF or BF over for dinner then we exchange our gifts. I also let the kids open one present from me. We watch TV and just enjoy being together. This is the first year in over 10 years that things will be different. My mom is not doing well so we decided to just do Christmas day at my cousins. So on Christmas Eve I will pick up my ex husband so that we can be together and share the holiday with the kids. Even though we are no longer married my ex has always spent the night so that we could all wake up and both see the kids open their presents. We did not do this for the last two years due to the animosty between my Ex and my SO. But this year we have decided to go back to sharing the holiday as a family - After all he is their Dad and with the scare we had of almost losing our son we realize that you never know what may happen and appreciate the time we do have with them. My SO is going to his familys house for Christmas and to his ex GF"s for New Years..Since I was not invited I am going out on my own or throwing a party for a few friends here at the house since I will not have my kids over winter break. If anyone has room for an extra guest on New Years let me know - lol -
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absolutely nothing here in way of people over, my remaining family here like to be left alone on xmas eve/day, the FIL will be out with his friends and my MIL will be staying with her brother.
so just me my daughter and wife here.
I spend most of my day in and out of the kitchen so I`m invariably busy (but I love it).
beyond that it`ll be almost like any other day, just at a slower pace, i`ll probably be doing some work to keep me occupied (which is also ok as I enjoy my work too).
However, IF Santa got my letter, and we DO get snow.... :))

lets just say there`ll be Very little work done!
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