What a treat! We got to have Niko with us for Christmas eve and Christmas morning! Woo hoo!
We are still trying to avoid the crazy over done Christmas present thing. This year we opted for practical gifts for everyone . . . monogrammed towels and sleeping bags. Todd and I also tied new, big fleece blankets for everyone. Aunt Teresa had made all of the kids blankets about 10 years ago. They have been well used but now are a little small and worn with age.
We also got a new 8 person tent, a one minute tent, literally. With a stop watch in my hand, Todd and Thomas put it up for the first time in one minute. In the house.
We have had the same foods for our big Christmas Eve celebration for as long as I can remember. Why? I don't know. So this year we decided to try something new. We went with an Asian theme.
These take out boxes, filled with Asian candies, were our place cards. This is Brian, my brother in-law and head chef for any holiday feast. We never would have pulled off the evening if it were not for him.
Red chargers with white plates were topped with napkins and chopsticks. The centerpieces were Thomas' idea. Yes, those are fish. I should not take him with me when I go shopping. He has this Jedi power where he talks me into things.
My favorite Christmas visitor . . .
And then we dig in! I have no pictures of the food because I was so tired from working in the kitchen that it didn't even cross my mind. Woops! We had pork and seeds, pot stickers, egg rolls, and California rolls for appetizers. Then bowls of eggs drop soup. The meal consisted of steamed white rice, stir fried vegetables, sesame noodles, almond chicken, orange chicken, and schezwan shrimp. It was delicious. And we had a LOT of left overs.
The traditional nativity . . .
Karen and Paul joined us for the first time this year. Karen was our pianist for our Christmas Carol sing-a-long.
I have an Christmas obsession. Christmas Trees. I don't have a ton of Christmas decorations, except for trees. This year we had 4 large and 3 smaller trees. There is just something about those small twinkling lights that just make any room feel like Christmas.