christmas eve is a big deal around here. i think i actually like christmas eve more than i like christmas day. there are just so many fun christmas eve traditions i have kept for so many years.. i always look forward to them each and every year.
first off, i always go snowboarding at brighton on christmas eve. it’s tradition!
i already posted my photos here.
second, my mom and i always make entirely too much food. we have learned to reign things in a bit and this year wasn’t quite as ridiculous on the food front. one year, i made 9 appetizers and there were only 8 people in attendance. what? i like to cook!
this year, we scaled back and had a few favorite appetizers…
shrimp & cocktail sauce
seven layer bean dip (my brother made it, it was great!)
look at this clump of chips! i found it quite entertaining.
buffalo chicken dip with veggies for dipping
for as long as i can remember, we have always had my mom’s clam chowder on christmas eve.
this year was no exception. the woman knows her chowder! it is so good.
there were also scones (the utah kind), white rolls & wheat rolls.
my mom has s & p shakers for EVERY occasion! she collects them. check out these two cute sets..
we all had a great time getting things ready, eating, and just enjoying being together.
after dinner, we continued with the traditions.
each year, we purchase a lot of groceries for a family in need. this year, we decided to buy a groceries for 5 families, breaking it up into a bit smaller amounts—this was great because we were able to give to more people.
we managed to get to the grocery store 12 minutes before it closed! it was literally like that old game show supermarket sweep (i loved that show)—we were in and out in less than 20 minutes!
after splitting everything up amongst the 5 large bags, we were on our way to deliver to the families. in years past, we always do the knock-and-run method.. but this year we actually waited at the door to make sure the groceries got safely inside. we struck out at a few homes because the families were not home.. but the people we were able to see and deliver to were so happy with our gift to them. it was really great to see their reaction. giving.. that is what christmas is all about. i love, love, love to give. way more than i like to receive.
we were finally done with our delivering around 10:30 PM.. marshall and i went home and wrapped our little hearts out, then finally were able to sit down on the couch and admire the tree.
it was a perfect christmas eve.
1. if you give gifts—what was your favorite gift you gave this holiday season? i gave marshall an original painting by an artist he really likes. he wasn’t expecting it and so i was super excited to give it to him.. he loved it!
2. do you collect anything? what? i guess i collect owl things.. and houndstooth things.. but nothing like my mom, who collects s & p shakers. you should see her amazing collection! maybe i will have her do a guest post about them sometime. oh! i do collect christmas tree ornaments, i buy one every time i travel somewhere new.
xo. janetha g.