All 17 and four generations worth of us!
La Familia: Nina, Adriana, Aunt Aurora, Julie + Jim, Nico, Michael, Teri + Chris, Nick + Mary, Cassie, Vincent + Carolyn, Mom, Me, Vincent Michael.
My sister always did Christmas Eve and I did Christmas Day. Recently, that tradition was taken over by my niece on the Eve and my son on the day…though my sister and I can’t keep out of the kitchen so we’re always responsible for some portion of the food.
On Christmas Eve, we start with a stand-up-hang-around-the-kitchen-counter ‘happy hour’ of champagne and “cocktail food” which would constitute an entire meal in many places – this year, for example, there was shrimp cooked 4 different ways. Then we move to the table for dinner. While it is decidedly Italian and primarily fish-based, it is not the traditional 7 fishes. The menu changes from year-to-year.
Afterwards, it’s either a show by the children or, as this year because everyone was too busy to get together to produce and rehearse, we had a group sing. It turned out very nice though I don’t know why the kids look so spooked in the first photo.
Of course, there’s dessert and the kids get to open half their gifts from the relatives (the other half is reserved for the next day so that they’re not bored when the adults do our Stab or Secret Santa.)
Nina really liked the poms-poms from the cheerleading set I got her.
We hug and kiss goodnight, the little ones go to sleep in anticipation of Santa…and, then, not too many hours later, we all get together again for the Christmas Day festivities.
See Christmas, Our Way • Part 2
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