Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays!

For the first time in about five years, I actually bought a Christmas tree! And even decorated it! And I’m having the whole family over for Christmas Day. Usually we do it at my sister’s house, but I made the executive decision to have it at my house this time instead of making her do all the work. I love having everyone over, but, a little secret just between you and me, it’s also a really good way to force myself to do the spring cleaning I didn’t get to last Spring! Here’s a photo of my tiny tree (with flash and without so you can see the lights). Having such a small tree is great because it makes it look like there are so many Christmas presents under there, when in actuality, we have a $20 limit per person. But let me tell you, when you think small, you can get a ton of stuff for $20!

We’re going to have the traditional English dinner that I remember from when I was a child: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, with roasted potatoes and cauliflower in cheese sauce. The last time we made it at my house, my mother accidentally unscrewed the blender incorrectly and dumped the Yorkshire mixture all over the floor. Poor dear, she was mortified! But we just made another batch, and the Yorkshires were perfect. Now, for dessert, we’re going to have my mother’s very own special English trifle. Gosh, that stuff is good.

So, what is your traditional holiday like, whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever? Anyone doing anything fun and exciting for New Year’s?

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Estella said...
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Estella said...

Our only holiday tradition is a family dinner or barbecue.

GladysMP said...

Roast beef sounds heavenly after so much turkey at Thanksgiving. Can I come? We, too are having the whole family together for Christmas. For New Year's we really haven't planned too much this year. May have friends over and watch the New Year celebration in Times Square on TV and eat lots of goodies.

Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

a barbecue at Christmas would be so good, Estella!

And LOL, Gladys, yes, everyone's invited! I agree, too much turkey at Thanksgiving, especially after all the leftovers. And your New Year's sounds like mine!

Rita said...

I love your little tree, Jas! We will have some of our family over for dinner and gift exchange. [grin] I can hardly wait to see my grandbabies opening their gifts.

Dinner will include ham, scalloped potatoes, and green bean casserole. Dessert will be various cookies and brownies.

[deep sigh] Then it will be over for another year.

Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Ooh, Rita, ham, I love ham, too!

And this will be the little guy's first Christmas! How exciting! He won't even know what it's all about, LOL!

Kirsten said...
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Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Oh, Kirsten, that sounds like a wonderful tradition!

mariska said...

With two month old baby, i guess we will be at home this New year :)

Happy Holidays to you, Jasmine !!

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Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes said...

Oh my goodness, Mariska, yes, you'll be at home this New Years! But congrats on the new baby!


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