I hope that y’all had a marvelously Merry Christmas!
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year! Beginning with Thanksgiving and lasting through Christmas… People are full of cheer, clothing is festive and gaudy, the eats are primarily sweet, the weeks are packed with holiday gatherings, and family and friends are eager to reunite.
Ryan, Charlie, and I have a tradition of opening our gifts on Christmas Eve because we spend Christmas day with our families. This year we (rather, I) couldn’t wait until we got home from dinner so we exchanged gifts mid-afternoon. We all were extremely happy with what we received, especially Charlie who immediately dug into a new bag of bacon bones.
Later in the afternoon we freshened up and went over to my momma’s house for a traditional ham dinner. While dinner was being prepared, we sipped wine and snacked on shrimp cocktail and veggies – Ryan and I could easily eat a whole tray of shrimp cocktail by ourselves. Dinner featured a HoneyBaked ham (always a delicious treat!), parmesan green beans, and red potatoes. For dessert we had pumpkin pie and homemade icebox cake.
Have y’all ever had icebox cake? My momma has made it for as long as I can remember, but it was Ryan’s first experience! An icebox cake is chocolate wafers slathered with fresh, thick whipped cream and formed into a log that is laid on its side. When you cut it on an angle it looks like chocolate ripples are flowing throughout. It’s truly sinful! You can also find the recipe on the back of Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers.
It took us a little longer than planned to get moving on Christmas morning – coffee was flowing, eggnog french toast was cooking, and we got too cozy on the couch watching A Christmas Story. We finally made our way over to my momma’s house where we opened our stockings and exchanged presents by the fire. Ryan also helped install her new Blu-ray player and printer which she was super thankful for because when it comes to electronics my momma is not so up-to-date. After lunch Ryan and I went to his grandparent’s house where we met his family for our second round of gift giving.
For dinner I tried a new recipe and it turned out to be a tasty success! It was super simple and I’ll definitely make it again when I’m crunched for time since it took about 15 minutes from start to finish, hence why I’m calling it Deliciously Simple Chicken Parm. We ate dinner on the couch while watching The Switch – a cute and funny chick-flick with Jennifer Aniston.
It was truly a wonderful 48 hours of Christmas!
Question: What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
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