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We slid into the holiday season with a Punch Brunch, an annual boat parade party, and other festivities. Here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite moments.

Nova_7035December 21, 2015untitledThe annual walk-through 100′ Christmas tree, Delray Beach. December 21

Nova_7042December 23, 2015untitledPacking it up for Christmas Eve. December 23Nova_7058December 24, 2015Xmas Eve AMSitting in front of the fireplace, Florida style. Christmas EveNova_7061December 24, 2015Xmas Eve AM

Holiday menus of multiple courses and dishes were prepared, food prepped, cookies baked, gifts wrapped, tables set and we gathered — 20+ of us on Christmas Eve and, together again, what seemed like a few short hours later, on Christmas Day.Nova_7118December 25, 2015Christmas Day

… where we play “Nasty Santa”, a little steal-the-other-person’s-grab bag-gift game, for adults while the kids amuse themselves with mountains of gifts and each other.Nova_7092December 24, 2015Christmas Eve

Two favorites dishes from these holiday meals were the ‘best ever, perfectly cooked’ prime rib roasts (2 of them!).http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/12/food-lab-guide-to-prime-rib.html

Nova_7087December 24, 2015Christmas Eveand a roasted vegetable with dijon butter dish (among the many that accompanied the roast). I used rainbow carrots, parsnips, fennel and beets.

Nova_7064December 24, 2015Christmas Evehttp://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/caramelized-vegetables-dijon-butter

And, sometimes, there’s just no denying that we overdo it; not only in food, but decorations. This is my niece’s Christmas tree — the chandelier had to be removed from the ceiling and the tree top bent to fit it in the room!Nova_7111December 25, 2015Christmas Day

Hope you all had a joyous time too.

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    says on:
    December 27, 2015 at 6:58 am

    The photos are so awesome. Nice memories to record and that prime rib…I could eat the whole thing by myself. Happy Holidays!
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  • Patricia Durr

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    December 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Beautiful family and the best time to be together!

  • LidiaLipstick

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    December 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Beautiful pictures. Looks like a good time was had by all. Where is the little girl that I bought the TuTu for? Boy has she grown into a beautiful young lady. Have a Very Happy New Year all you bloggers.

    • Joan Nova

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      December 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Thanks. Time flies … pretty soon we’ll all look like my mother which, of course, is a wonderful thing to look forward to!

  • Dorothy

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    December 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Your family always looks good, eats good and has the best family gatherings.

  • sandra axelrod

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    December 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Beautiful photos! Steve and I hope you and your family enjoy happy, peaceful, healthy and delicious holidays.
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    • Joan Nova

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      December 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you — so nice to hear from you!

  • sippitysup

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    January 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Happy New Year to you and your beautiful (well-fed) family. XOGREG

    • Joan Nova

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      January 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you and all the best to you in 2016!

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