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It’s Almost Christmas Eve

Nid and I made and decorated Snowmen and Christmas tree sugar cookies over the weekend.
Nid and I made and decorated Snowmen and Christmas tree sugar cookies over the weekend.

It’s almost Christmas Eve, my lovelies. I hope you’re ready for Christmas day and have all your gifts wrapped and meals ready to cook. I hope you’re spending time with family and loved ones and enjoying lots of laughs and giggles. I hope you’re creating lots of memories and making new traditions.

I’m spending the next few days working from home and Christmas Eve with my darling Nid. Her daddy will be working half the day on Christmas Eve. Me and Nid will cleaned the house and she’ll even help me marinate the chicken and fish for our Christmas dinner. The rest of the day will be spent painting in her new colouring books and watching Christmas movies on TV.

She’s super excited about Santa coming and bringing her lots of presents. But I haven’t put any of the presents under the tree yet. She’s so excited to be getting gifts that she doesn’t have the patience to see presents under the tree and not open them. I haven’t even let her open the present she received from pre-school. I figure, she’ll get to open lots on Christmas day if I hold off.

I really wish she wasn’t told about  receiving presents on Christmas day because that’s all she’s excited about right now. I wish she was excited that we would be spending the day with my brother, his girlfriend, my neighbour and her mommy and daddy and that would excite her  more than the presents. But I guess, she is too little to understand all of that right now, eve though I’ve tried explaining that to her over and over. I’m sure as she grows, she’ll understand the true meaning of the holidays and will begin appreciating all of us more as she understands more.

So, for now, I’m going to let her enjoy the excitement of Santa Claus coming and bringing her presents. I just hope she appreciates everything everyone gets her, no matter how big or small it is.

I’m really looking forward to Christmas dinner. I’ve got a couple of new recipes I want to try and a twist or two to old recipes. I’ll share my recipes with you all of you over the next couple of days. I hope you’ll use some or share some of yours with me.

How are you spending your Christmas Eve and Christmas day, what are your family’s traditions for the Eve and big day? Have any interesting recipes you’d like to share with me and my readers? Let me know and I’ll happily share them on here.

What A Wonderful Christmas Day

I celebrated with my family and close friends. It was such a perfect day. Hectic, yes. But I would do it all over again if I could and not change a single thing.

Mrs. Claus came early and filled the empty space under our tree last night with tons of little gifts for all our family and friends. Then we enjoyed a brunch with a close friend, they all napped while I began the big dinner preparations. Sadly I didn’t get a photo of all the food. But here are some photos of our day.

I hope your Christmas was as beautiful and memorable as ours was and you shared this auspicious day with loved ones as we did.

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Excited For Christmas Dinner

I’m a sucker for Christmas. It’s not in my religious upbringing to celebrate Christmas. But when you live away from your birth country all your life, a bit of your own traditions merge with a bit of the traditions of the country you live in. How can you not celebrate, when everyone around you is celebrating?

For me, I love hosting parties and dinners. I love people coming over to our place and sharing in our happiness and joys. I’d rather be the hostess than the guest. So, every year around this time, I try to get a few of the people who are nearest and dearest to us to come together and share a meal, lots of laughs and happiness with us. This year, we’re doing it on Christmas day. Yay!

I’ve been working on a menu for the big day for some time and I think I’ve just about nailed it. Hopefully, everyone enjoys it just as much as I enjoy making it. Here’s my menu (recipes and pictures pending):

Appetizers/Welcome Drinks:

  • Mimosa (Orange juice and champagne)
  • Garlic shrimp bites

Main Course:

  • Cesar salad
  • Sweet corn kernels and steamed veggies
  • Baked chicken (I’m still debating between stuffed spinach/feta chicken or honey-glazed chicken)
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Cheesy, pull-apart bread
  • garlic and herb roasted potatoes

Dessert:

  • Double chocolate cake stuffed with dulce de leche, served with vanilla ice cream
  • Apple crumble with vanilla ice cream

I’ll post pictures and recipes as soon as I can. Stay tuned and have yourself a very Merry Christmas.