This post by Jennifer Flaten
Merry Christmas Eve. I hope you and your loved ones are spending the day together making memories.
Last Sunday my husband and the kids spent some time making chocolate covered pretzel rods. I stayed out of their way, reading in the living room (so really it was an early gift to me). It was fun to hear them in there having fun and making a mess (and yes, they cleaned up their own mess).
Those pretzel rods served as snacks all week and the few remaining will appear at our Christmas Feast.
Yes, that is the official name of our Christmas Eve meal. It started several years ago when the kids we small. We have always kept Christmas eve just for us, mostly because my husband works retail and after dealing with the holiday rush and working on Christmas eve all he really wants is to come home and relax.
On the eve the kids are just so excited that they simply don’t want to sit still for a meal, so I decided that as a Christmas gift to myself I would serve a buffet of snacks and nibbles for our Christmas Eve meal.
The meal is simple and requires no cooking or baking, in fact I don’t even heat anything up. It is a variety of stuff that everyone (I’m looking at your picky eaters) would eat.
Now, that first meal seemed pretty simple to me, yes we do treat ourselves to shrimp and smoked salmon, but everything else is pretty basic cheese, crackers, and a veggie plate, but to the kids it was a FEAST. And, so it was renamed our Christmas feast.
The meal is eaten on paper plates, in the living room while watching A Muppet Christmas Carol. For me, every year, without fail, it is the best Christmas Ever.
What are your favorite traditions?