On Christmas morning I looked through photos of Christmas past while the rest of my family slept in, and I thought about tradition. As my little boys turned into adults, Christmas became less about the presents and more about spending time together, and that was true again this year.
We started off as we always do, with a breakfast casserole that I assembled the day before and just had to throw in the oven.
My son Dan helped me assemble our special treat for the day, an ambitious one this year: milk and cookie shots, in which the cookie is a shot glass for the milk. Years ago Dan had given me some coupons as a present, and I still have some for him to be my sous chef. Best present ever.
Two years ago, I had bought Christmas crackers, a British noisemaker with little treats inside, for decorating the table, and the pack of eight was now gone. I felt frivolous spending money on these reindeer antlers and knew my grown children wouldn’t be into them, but by adding them to an Amazon cart they earned me free shipping. I practically made money on them! Really, it would have been foolish not to get them. Plus, everyone played along better than I could have hoped.
Our Christmas cocktail this year was a Christmas Eve Limoncello Sangria, which I made ahead to let the flavors develop.
I looked at a lot of recipes and then cobbled this one together. It looks like you can throw any kind of fruit you like with any kind of wine you like and call it a day.
Christmas Eve Limoncello Sangria
- 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup limoncello
- 1 apple, cut into slices
- 1 pear, cut into slices
- 1 lemon, cult into slices
- 1/2 pomegranate, seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- sparkling water
- Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling water into a pitcher and chill for several hours or overnight to let the flavors develop.
- Pour into a glass with some of the fruit.
- Top off with sparkling water according to taste.
- Updated 12/27/16 with a few more photos
- Linking up with What I Ate Wednesday: Sprint 2 the Table
Years of Christmas past:
- Ate on Christmas: Lasagna, Roasted Pears, & Fudgestravaganza
- Ate on Christmas: Getting Figgy with It
- A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present
- Ate on Christmas: Rack of Lamb and an Almost-Souffle
- Grandma’s Bird’s Nest Cookies
- Bring us a figgy pudding: We set a new caroling world record
- Goodnight Moon, Goodnight iPad
- 10 Favorite Ornaments
- Ate on Christmas: Filet Mignon, Carrots, and Souffle
- Abstract lights