We have made it a tradition that every year, when the Italian neighborhood in Saint Louis (called "The Hill") has its annual Christmas walk, we go to pick up a loaf of Panettone. We then freeze the loaf for the following two weeks, until Christmas morning. We wake up Christmas morning and I get started making Panettone French Toast, from this recipe. It is amazingly delicious. Chris oohs and aahs over it each year.
We don't yet have a solid tradition on present opening, as we don't have children . . . yet. We ended up giving each other our presents on Christmas Eve Eve this year. It's so hard to wait! So, after making Christmas breakfast, we prepared the house for our family get together at our place. I didn't take as many pictures as I should have, especially given that I have a new, awesome camera! But, the table looked beautiful, the house was clean, and you can see the massive amount of presents under our tree:
We have also started a tradition where everyone wears pajamas to Christmas dinner. We all enjoy the comfy theme! In order to stick with the cozy theme, I cooked up a meal of all comfort foods! We delighted in the BEST macaroni and cheese (adapted considerably from a recipe by Barefoot Contessa), pasta con broccoli, and marinated chicken. My mother-in-law brought delicious foccacia rolls and peppermint ice cream to accompany the chocolate gooey butter cake from our CSA. The only non-comfort food was to be brought by my mother, a salad, which she forgot due to her post-surgery brain (she had a hip replacement December 14th and is doing mostly awesome!). After dinner we opened the towering pile of presents and chatted while we waited for my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and the niece and nephew to arrive from Mexico, MO (where J'aime's family lives).
The babies had a fun time with the wrapping and tissue paper, as is expected from 8 month olds!
Okay, so they did actually play with their new toys as well as the wrappings. They really liked their new puzzle and their plush farm set! I'm sure they will love the books and blocks they received as well!
It was a wonderful and relaxing Christmas! Thanks to my awesome family!