It's Christmas Eve, and I'm full of anticipation. The holiday is upon us and I can't wait for the traditions to begin: We spend Christmas Eve with NH's family in the East Bay before driving down to my childhood home in the South Bay in time for church.
We dress for church right quick to attend Mass at 6:00pm (earlier to get seats), followed by Pasta alla Carbonara and a bit of champagne for dinner. We open a few presents in the evening before going to bed a little early (for tradition, my parents don't need to sneak Santa presents out anymore).
In the morning, my brothers will open the few 'Santa' presents left, followed by breakfast of brioche and coffee. A shower and some festive clothes on, we exchange the presents for each other under the tree. The rest of the day is leisurely and pleasant, cooking with my mom and looking at new gifts.
This year, our holiday meal will look something like this:
Cheeses, olives, bread, hearts of palm, champagne
2:30pm Christmas Lunch
First Course: Suite Pea Bundles
(made last week and frozen, delivered to my parents' home yesterday)
Main Course: Seared Scallops and Roast Beef, with
Sauteed Swiss Chard and Pommes Anna
Chocolate Madeleine Trifle and Christmas cookies
Buon Natale, Joyeux Noel, Kala Christouyenna, God Jul