We had a wonderful Christmas at home with lots of friends joining us. We celebrated Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Christmas night. Unfortunately, I didn't take more than two pictures.
Christmas Eve started when our friends arrived from Brazil just before lunch. Rather than cook, we went to our local Japanese restaurant for lunch. It was the perfect choice. They have two boys the same age as my two boys, so that was great. All four speak Portuguese and English - so they had a lot to talk about.
[Imagine a photo of eight of us at the Japanese restaurant eating everything from sushi, sashime, teriyaki, hibachi and more]
Some of us went to the Christmas Eve Mass at my church where Jose Feliciano sings. It's always a treat and the church is always jam packed. The entire Feliciano family participates from singing to the eucharistic ministers to being an alter boy. It's a great way to start the holidays.
[No pictures here either, but here's a link to Dan Woog's Merry Christmas post with Jose Feliciano singing Feliz Navidad. BTW, BF read a factoid to me that most American children learn their first bit of Spanish with Jose Feliciano through this song. How cute is that!?]
After dinner, we came home and had a traditional Christmas dinner with a slightly Brazilian twist - Roast turkey, rice, farofa, roast root vegetables, asparagus and more.
Aha! This is one of the few pictures I took of Christmas. I set table on the 23rd so I was able to snap a photo before the festive frenzy set in. I think that explains why I only snapped one picture.
After dinner, we cleaned up, and got ready for Christmas morning brunch. We had 16 people for Christmas morning. Our menu is an odd mixture of Christmas, Hanukkah, Brazil and US customs. We had a honey spiral ham with sauteed kale, bacon, overnight baked challah french toast, potato-parsnip latkes with sour cream and my homemade pear-applesauce, the pineapple fruit tray, mixed berries, and lots of beverages.
After brunch, we exchanged gifts - first with friends - and then after our friends departed, we had our family gift exchange. Everyone got gifts - even the puppies. Or shall I say, especially the dogs.
Wilma loved her new squeaky toy reindeer which is nearly as big as she is. This photo pretty much sums it up - we were all wiped out after the festivity and called it a night pretty early. This much celebrating can wear a girl out.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!