Merry Christmas!

Christmas is finally here, well, almost…today is Christmas Eve but in our house we start Christmas in the evening of Christmas Eve.

Today will be a busy day. Our tradition is to have some kind of soup and appetizers for a late dinner. My poor hubby works for a large liquor store chain and they don’t close their doors until 9:00 p.m. He left this morning at 8:00 a.m. and will be serving customers until they close their doors tonight, so we’ll see him about 9:30. One of my daughters lives with us and she will be helping me today. The other, along with her hubby, will come over later, like 6 or 7 this evening.

Before we go anywhere to do some last minute shopping I want to make the soup. We chose Emeril’s Tortilla Soup. It’s a great recipe and will be delicious tonight. Brittany and I went to Whole Foods last night and picked up a ton of cheese and crackers. We also bought a wonderful baked brie that has cinnamon and walnut praline inside and is wrapped with pastry. We’ll bake it tonight and serve it hot, it’s sooooo good.

Tomorrow we’re having Martha Stewart’s Perfect Roast Chickens, another fabulous recipe. We’re going to keep it simple with mashed potatoes for the gravy and fresh green beans. We have cheesecake for desert. And there’s a ton of cookies, we have sugar, oatmeal, and we’re baking some peanut butter today.

We’re hoping to do a Skype video call with my hubby’s family tonight if everything works out. Isn’t it wonderful that families can share time face-to-face even when there’s many miles between them. It’s so cool.

Merry Christmas to all. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a Super Happy Holiday Season.

Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing,
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing,
Returns to you glad. 

- John Greenleaf Whittier

Until next time ~

Reba