I admit I overcooked for Christmas Eve dinner at my house , but after a few years of not hosting the holiday I felt as if I wanted to cram those absences into one night. I made the traditional fish feast of linguine with calamari tomato sauce (not pictured), stuffed lobster tails, fried shrimp, lagostino scampi, salmon stuffed with crab meat, scallops wrapped in bacon. and baccala (dried salted cod fish) cooked two ways-fried and in a spicy tomato and olive sauce. Plus, to please the non fish eaters at my table, I made eggplant parmigiana, rib roast with vegetables and veal marsala. For dessert we had an assortment of cookies that I made and decorated a few days before. It was a true Italian "abbondanza" feast with enough leftovers to last a few days.
The best part of the Christmas Eve evening was watching my granddaughter take her first steps on her first Christmas! She is close to eleven months old and I believe she will be fully walking by her first birthday. How quickly time flies!
Christmas morning we went over to my son and daughter-in-law's house for brunch, and watched our grandsons open gifts. There was lots of gleeful exclamations and many smiles as they played with their new toys.
Later that Christmas afternoon we went over to my daughter and son-in-law's house where we watched our granddaughter open her gifts. She liked the wrapping paper and bows almost as much as her presents!
Children really make the holidays "merry and bright," and after spending this Christmas with our grandchildren, my husband and I know we made the right decision to move west last January to live close to them. 2013 has been a wonderful year for us, and it is with joy and anticipation that we look forward to 2014!
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