|2 people working 6 hours- the tree alone represents12 man hours of labor|
Not every inch of every corner was decorated for Christmas this year. I don't think anything was lost in translation for a family so pleased to be together. Eric and Billie's family supplied us with delicious appetizers to tide us over until the main event. Christmas Eve dinner.
The weather was so nice- we could have eaten on the patio. However, that is our norm for entertaining. For Christmas, it is nice to change things up.
Instead of the usual dining room table as buffet cart- serving stations were set up around counter tops throughout the main living level. Just the last minute seasonings, bread and butter were on the table. The sewing machine held ice water, the relishes and napkins within the arms reach of seated guests.
Gerald's younger brother, former MLB pitcher Eric Plunk, masterfully carved the turkey breasts. With my husband's hand not quite ready for this sort of exertion and both our son's missing from the table- I was so grateful for his help.
Being short an oven and the repairman short the part, the menu was shortened to just enough to feed 8 Sumo Wrestlers for the 12 days of Christmas. It has been decades since we celebrated this holiday here - and I wanted my husband's relatives to know that there was no expense too great or line to long to prepare a memorable feast just for them.
A short blessing was said for the food and for those who could not join us this year.
The Menu Actual Menu
(as in when I had to stop cooking because my feet gave out)
Cream of Watercress Soup
Butter Lettuce Salad with Candied walnuts and Dried Cranberries
with Hazelnut-Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
with butter and lavender honey
Sweet Potato Casserole
with Bananas and Pineapple
Brined and Smoked Turkey Breasts
with Gluten free Cornbread Dressing
Boars Head Ham with Pineapple Sauce
The odd plate was because forgot to count myself in the head count when setting the table):- Rather than have everyone scoot away from the china cabinet so my plate would match- I just reached in the kitchen cupboard.
After dinner, we gathered in the main room, with the children fascinated by the gallery wall.
Abigail was particularly interested in finding out who was whom. When were her cousins (our sons) so skinny?
So I did what any Aunt would do. Get out her 36 year old wedding album to show the kids that their father wasn't always 6' 6" of athletic prowess.
When Gerry and I were married- Eric was about the height and weight of his teenage professional model daughter. It was time to open presents.
Eric Jr and his girlfriend- Sara Lynne- enjoyed a private joke.
Alden is into animal prints.
My favorite gift just may have been the pair of rolled pillows I had made for my mother -in- law. For her living room chairs, the main fabric was leftover from our reupholstering her dining chairs.
Did you have a favorite gift you gave?