Our tradition is to have an elegant, formal Christmas Eve Linner. This year's menu was basic and basically Thanksgiving all over again. It is what my children and Mr. Fish love, so I cook to make them happy. Menu included: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans with Bacon and Almonds, Raspberry Salad, Green Layered Salad, Home-made light and fluffy rolls, Spiced Cranberry Relish, Cranberry Jam, and Danish Kringle for dessert.
Over dinner we had a contest to come up with and identify lines from movies. My kids are sharp and have a memory like a hard drive. I relished the moment. We laughed. We drank and savored the food. Pure merriment!
After dinner, we went to a matinee (our holiday tradition which started when the children were young and restless and asked every 10 minutes if it was time to go to bed). We watched Tale of Despereaux: an average movie (I give it 2.5 buttered pieces of popcorn). We then traversed the city to look at the lights and came home to begin our Christmas Eve festivities which were kicked off with Sean (piano), Janessa (violin), Stockton (drums) and Landon (guitar) playing Still, Still, Still for Brent and I. It was beautiful and moving and I can never get enough of my children playing music.
Nothing on earth is better than being with family!