Merry Christmas (Eve) to all

24 Dec
When I was growing up, we followed the German tradition of celebrating Christmas on December 24th.  Also, because my dad wasn’t partial to turkey, we always had a goose instead.  This worked out really well when Michael and I started dating, because he could come to our house for our Christmas on the 24th, and then I would go to his house for his Christmas on the 25th.
Since we’ve been married, we’ve been developing our own traditions, and with Jade’s arrival in our lives, it’s an ongoing process.  We’ve stuck with doing our big family dinner on Christmas Eve, but we open presents on Christmas morning like Michael’s family always did.
This year, we had the blessing of an extra big family dinner, since Norris (who has been my "brother" ever since university), Charmaine, and Tim are all here in Whitehorse.  It was a great day all around, sledding with some neighbours in the morning, Michael and I preparing the house and dinner together, and then watching a bit of a movie while Jade napped, a nice long chatty three-way conversation between me and my sister in Ottawa and my parents, who are spending Christmas in Sicily.  Then a yummy supper* followed by a quick clean-up sped along with music by Tim (guitar) and Norris (ukelele).  Then we were off to the French Christmas mass, where I accompanied the choir on piano.
Okay, so it doesn’t sound so exciting when it’s written out that way, but it was a great way, and aside for all the time on my feet preparing veggies (why didn’t I sit down?!) it was also very relaxing.
I’m really looking forward to opening presents with Jade in the morning, and then we have a big potluck dinner to look forward to at night.  Dinner with friends and no dishes sounds great to me!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
*For the curious, supper consisted of goose, mashed potatoes, broccoli, mashed turnip & carrots, sweet potato, garlic mushrooms, brussels sprouts, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, and applesauce, and topped with wine (for Tim and Charmaine) and sparkling juice (for the rest of us)

One Response to “Merry Christmas (Eve) to all”

  1. Unknown December 27, 2007 at 12:54 am #

    The dinner was great. I really enjoyed the 1st authentic Christmas in Whitehorse! Thank-you! 🙂

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