12-24: Wake up at 8am. Go to bed on 12/25 at 4:15am. I haven’t done that in at least a year. Great time though.
Started with the cookie decorating. Abigail and her three friends, Eva, Caroline and Edy have been doing this on 12/24 for at least 10 years now.
The young women finished up about 4:30 and then it was time to finish setting up for the party. Guests started arriving around 7:30. We ate around 9:30: smoked goose, short ribs, cauliflower, mashed, turnips and greens, huge fresh salad, some fish dish (I don’t eat fish so I don’t focus on that) and a whole lot of other stuff, Dessert was the cookies, of course, baklava sent from Boston by my mom (always a large hit) pies, cakes and so on. The last guest left about 1am and I sent everyone to bed at 3 so I could finish the clean up. Went out at 4 (we were out of coffee! – can’t have christmas morning without joe!)
I’m sorry we couldn’t invite you all. Maybe next year?