The day before Christmas Eve, on the Eve of the Eve as Mia says, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. Temps were in the 60-70 range and skies were blue blue blue. By afternoon the wind picked up and a cold front made its way through, but the morning was amazing.
Mia sent her letter to Santa last week, and we were all amazed when she received a letter back from him. No joke here. It most certainly did not come from me. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!!
We made some pizzelles for the first time.
Fresh and warm, straight from the iron, we sprinkled them with powdered sugar and they were sooooo good! These were almond flavored as my kids are not huge fans of anise but will have to try those next time.
On Christmas Eve we made our traditional homemade pasta and decided to have the feast of the 7 fish. It honestly would not feel like Christmas to me without it, although next year I am going to try something different at Bill’s request.
We had king crab legs and lobster to start off…
Then for the main course orecchiette ai frutti di mare.
The fish: anchovie in the sauce, crab legs, lobster, shrimp, calamari, Little Neck clams, scallops and cod fish (fish in foil for St. Nicholas). Yes, you counted that correctly. That is actually 8. We are making up this year for the fact that last year we only had 6. Ahem.
The kids decorated gingerbread men. Bill joined in as well. See Mia there? She got the flu. Boooo!! Seriously, how bad can that stink to get the flu Christmas week and have the worst day of it fall on Christmas Eve? Poor baby.
In spite of this, we had a very sweet Christmas Eve, staying in our jammies all day. (except Bill who thought we were too funny).
These bells once graced my great-grandparents and grandparents Christmas trees.
I have a box of all their ornaments and this year pulled them out and made a special “Danish” Christmas tree to hang them on. There are even little clips to hold candles on that were traditionally lit on my great-grandparents and grandparents Danish trees. I even found wee little candles. We will light them on the 12th day of Christmas.
I have looked repeatedly in the stores for some vintage looking deer to decorate with and have not found any that I liked. Lo and behold the little deer below was in my grandmothers box of Christmas decorations.
It was a very cozy, sweet night for us all. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Christmas Eve is pretty much my favorite day of the year.
Merry Christmastime! Remember, there are 12 days of Christmas. Make it a point this year to keep your holiday spirit alive through the 12th day and beyond!