Sunday, December 24, 2006

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Over the past couple of years, we have made it into our own tradition to have the traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Eve. With all of the excitement that surrounds Christmas Day, who really has the time and inclination to spend half of the day getting everything cooked and prepared for later on that night.

I have to say that our dinner this year was probably the best tasting dinner that we have ever had; all in attendance for dinner agreed. Paul was graciously giving a turkey from work - a 24 pounder!

As you can see, we had a lot of fun. I have also included Kaelen's picture that he drew to give to Santa along with his offerings for all of Santa's hard work throughout the night.

I hope that you are all having a wonderful holiday season so far and Merry Christmas!!

Kaelen showing off his hat that came with his Christmas cracker. It is tradition in our family to wear these paper hats throughout dinner.

A shot showing Paul, Kaelen, Auntie Christie and Grandma getting dinner already.

The picture that Kaelen drew for Santa as well as his offerings to Santa for all of his hard work that night.


goofball said...

Some cultural differences: I find it funny that you point out specifically that you already had a big festive dinner on Christmas Eve. In Belgium we celebrate Christmas mainly on Christmas Eve! Since both my parents and my parents-in-law want to have us over on Christmas eve (and my sister has the same issue for years) we alternate every year.

On Christmas day we still celebrate and go to other family dinners but usually I am already tired and too full to truly enjoy it as much as Christmas Eve.

The importance of Christmas Eve is , I think?, from the Christian tradition: Jezus is born that night so we celebrate throughout that evening and night and still lots of people go to church at midnight. And we can already give gifts to each other on Christmas Eve as well (or on Christmas Day or at New Year) since we don't have to wait for Santa to come by.

(yeaaah our children get gifts twice: once from Sinterklaas in the beginning of December and once from their family for Christmas! Aren't they lucky?)

goofball said...

oh and important! We DO NOT wear paper hads at the Christmas dinner table. We DO NOT have crackers. And I am glad about that.

Allie said...

Oh but Ellen - you are surely missing out on the Christmas crackers: They are filled with paper hats, a toy and usually a groaner of a joke. They are decorated all nicely to add a festive look on your table.

There are families here too that celebrate Christmas traditionally on Christmas Eve with having a nice dinner, opening gifts and attending midnight mass. For us, we have always just celebrated everything on Christmas Day.