Christmas Dinner Wine Country Style

The new year is already here and I am pretty behind on my posts.  I have literally taken time over the holiday break to play with the kids, make food, enjoy family, take many pictures, enjoy some “bubbles”, remove the tree, pack up the holiday “stuff”, watch movies, take naps, snuggle up with my hubby and fit in my Pure Barre classes.  But here we are, January 1st and I am re-capping our Christmas Dinner.

This year we kept it very mellow and small.  Christmas Eve was a just the four of us, our oldest was not coming home this year {our first year without him} as he made a grown up decision to stay in Santa Barbara and work for that extra “holiday” money.  So that left my hubby and Noah and Faith to cozy up with our annual movie watching {A Charlie Brown Christmas} and they were kind enough to indulge me with this.  Some candles and champs for hubby and I after the kids were in bed and the visit from Santa as packages were placed under the tree and stockings were filled.

Christmas day was perfect, jammies, coffee, breakfast and playing with the goodies the kids opened.  A visit from the mom-in-law and aunt, more packages and off to my mother’s for a very long overdue family Christmas dinner.  Long over due because {as with most families, we had some hiccups over the past few years} in which created tension, hurt feelings and bad energy throughout the entire family {which was not good for anyone, especially the cousins}.  Thanks to a step forward and a white flag thrown in, my sister and I were able to re-build the broken and re-gain the family bond.  This would make for a nice Christmas present for all of us.

Since I had done an entire Thanksgiving, it was a nice break to have this dinner done for us.  The traditional crab was served this year {stemming from my grandparents, we miss them so} minus the prime rib, {maybe because I made a stink about that as I am not a fan}.  So fresh crab it was, along with a pasta made with fresh basil and tomatoes, the yummiest of warm rolls {yes, I had at least two with butter} and salad.  Champs was all around the table and bottles of Perrier water.

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Every meal needs a fabulous olive oil

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Paper plates and splits of champs….Yes why not?

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  2013-12-25 06.43.58 2013-12-25 06.51.41 2013-12-25 06.54.01 2013-12-25 06.54.44 2013-12-25 06.59.59Of course, besides the food there were the gifts…{doesn’t every family get remote control cars to race down the street on Christmas day}?

2013-12-25 05.59.47After coming indoors, it was time for family bingo with prize boxes filled with some “green” of the monetary kind and goodies such as See’s candies scotchmallows and more.

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Three Sisters and cousins….Although I look as tall as the kids

The cracking of crab, bottles being “popped”, bubbles flowing and the sound of family.  Yes, this was a good Christmas dinner and the lesson learned… {to not let “hiccups” along the way get in the way of family}

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Sisters…Always learning from one another

  •  *DO you have a certain traditional meal at Christmas?
  •  *What do you think about family letting go and just embracing one another?
  •  *DO you play games at Christmas OR maybe go out caroling?
  •  *Have you EVER had a See’s candy scotchmallow? {You must try}

Enjoy and God Bless, Lynda

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  1. so nice to see that you had s fabulous holiday!!! Looking forward to the new year and all the new stories 🙂 Happy New Year!!!
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  2. Crab legs look soooo good! I live that you had paper plates and champs 🙂

    Happy New Year Lynda!
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  3. Family bingo – that sounds so fun! You are giving me a craving for crab legs. And champagne.
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  4. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday. I haven’t had crab legs in forever. Adding that to my grocery list for this weekend. lol One of the things I love about the holidays is the family game time! It’s starting to become a little tradition.
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  5. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. It’s always good when family can come together despite some rough patches. And really…who would love Champagne and paper plates?!
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  6. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas! We took it easy at Christmas too…just nice quiet family time. Our traditional dinner Christmas Eve is lobsters!
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