I know it’s four days past Christmas, but I’ve taken a little holiday away from the blog to spend time with family and friends. Now that they’re back home, I can blog my Christmas shenanigans. I like to break up the posts so they are not overwhelming. Today, I’ll start with Christmas dinner.
Not only did we have a great Christmas Eve dinner, a Christmas Day breakfast; but we had a Christmas day dinner. I don’t know how Ralph does it, but he perfected so many recipes and filled us all up.
After breakfast and opening up each other’s presents, Nick, Dom (nicks little brother) and I played basketball for several hours. I don’t think I could spend another Christmas repetitively watching the Christmas Story. Plus, it was sixty-five degrees out and I wanted to take advantage of it.
While we played basketball, Ralph and Phyllis cooked dinner. My parents headed over around two.
My dad brought his computer over and we all got to Skype my brother. It was kind of cool introducing Nick’s parents to my brother, even if it was on Skype. I can’t wait for next year. He was really missed. If you look in the corner of the Skype window, you’ll see Grumps. He had his turn at talking to Uncle T.C.
Ralph went above and beyond with a pork roast. The balsamic flavor was outstanding.
They also made “Stuffed Macaroni”. It was sausage stuffed inside a rigatoni noodle with Ralph’s homemade pasta sauce.
And my favorite, Phyllis’s salad & homemade Italian dressing!
Dinner rolls are necessary at dinner. How else would you be able to wipe up every leftover juice on the plate? I guess you could do it Grumples style, but that’s kind of gross.
We all sat down for dinner around three!
Phyllis made her homemade lasagna and this is literally the best tasting lasagna I’ve ever had. She makes her noodles homemade for goodness sake! It doesn’t get better than that!
Nick’s mom set up the table so classy. Gold chasers and a red table cloth. It was starting to real feel like Christmas.
This was the best Christmas dinner I’ve ever had. We usually just have mom’s lasagna and garlic bread.
This year I had roasted pork loin, lasagna, cheesy potatoes, twice backed potatoes, salad, dinner rolls, glazed carrots and ham. That’s called being spoiled.
This is one of my favorite shots. They were all waiting for me to put the camera down so we could say prayers and eat. But everyone was so pretty and I just wanted to keep snapping photos.
One of my favorite side dishes was the twice baked potatoes. I loved the chive flavors and the fact that he used a red potato instead of the usual russet potatoes. The skin is actually my favorite part of the potato and red potato skins taste better than all the other potatoes.
It’s safe to say I put on a good pound after Christmas dinner and I’d do it all over again.
After dinner, we had desserts and then we went out to play more basketball. This time, my dad joined. Nick and I played against my dad and Dom. We kicked their butts. My mom went on a walk with Nick’s mom and took the dogs with them. We ended Christmas night at the movie theater. We went to see the Gambler and it was pretty good. Most of the movies were sold out and no one wanted to go see Annie…but me 😉 I’ll put it on my list of things to do this week.
What are your Christmas Day traditions?