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Old 11-25-2018, 03:44 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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Same as Thanksgiving, home alone.

one change - a better brand of ice cream.
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Old 11-25-2018, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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Same as Thanksgiving. Volunteering at a skid row mission, serving a hot meal to those less fortunate than me.
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Old 11-26-2018, 02:16 AM
 
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The immediate family comes over on Christmas Eve and I knock up a roast duck. Our favourite tipple to get things going in a sparkling red wine. In can be hard to find but it goes perfectly with the duck. Christmas day is for the extended family.
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:35 AM
 
Location: R.I.
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Christmas day - prime rib, sugared carrots, baked potatoes, and a salad from my southern garden.
Christmas Eve. - Linguini topped with shrimp and scallops cooked in a butter, olive oil and garlic sauce.

Mangia tutti. Buon Natale, e Dio benedica l'America

Sounds good Tony but you are missing cinque pesci from your traditional Italian Christmas eve dinner. LOL 7 fishes were not good enough for my Nonni she had to do 8. Her Christmas eve fish spread included baked stuffed shrimp, fried scallops, conch salad, fried smelts, stuffed clams, lobster, steamed crabs, and baked sea bass along with a huge antipasto. After that spread we would take a brisk walk to the church for midnight Mass which gave enough time away for Santa to make his stop at our house, and when we arrived home from Mass we would open our gifts which always included a new pair of PJs and would put them on and head to bed. We would leave our stockings for the next morning so we would have another surprise which they were typically filled with things like candy, mittens, crayons, and usually a new tooth brush.

Christmas day dinner was later in the afternoon at my house which included antipasto, Italian wedding soup, baked chicken with potatoes followed by lasagna. After dinner we ate roasted chestnuts and Torrone candy while playing cards, and then it was a desert of zuppa inglese made by Nonni along with a variety of Italian Christmas cookies.

Such wonderful memories of holidays past which for my family Christmas was more about the food than the gifts.

You too have a Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:08 AM
 
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I love this! And also the written version by Dylan Thomas. I've been trying to introduce my family to it for about fifteen Christmases now but I always get down-voted. They don't know what wonderful word pictures they're missing.

Is stargazy pie mentioned in it or did I just see the story with illustrations one time? Anyway, it always makes me think of stargazy pie..
RE: "A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES"

No, no mention of stargazy pie, but I have seen it in several different movies. The first one that comes to mind is "Ladies in Lavender" with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. (Very enjoyable movie, btw.)
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Old 11-26-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Sounds good Tony but you are missing cinque pesci from your traditional Italian Christmas eve dinner. LOL 7 fishes were not good enough for my Nonni she had to do 8. Her Christmas eve fish spread included baked stuffed shrimp, fried scallops, conch salad, fried smelts, stuffed clams, lobster, steamed crabs, and baked sea bass along with a huge antipasto. After that spread we would take a brisk walk to the church for midnight Mass which gave enough time away for Santa to make his stop at our house, and when we arrived home from Mass we would open our gifts which always included a new pair of PJs and would put them on and head to bed. We would leave our stockings for the next morning so we would have another surprise which they were typically filled with things like candy, mittens, crayons, and usually a new tooth brush.

Christmas day dinner was later in the afternoon at my house which included antipasto, Italian wedding soup, baked chicken with potatoes followed by lasagna. After dinner we ate roasted chestnuts and Torrone candy while playing cards, and then it was a desert of zuppa inglese made by Nonni along with a variety of Italian Christmas cookies.

Such wonderful memories of holidays past which for my family Christmas was more about the food than the gifts.

You too have a Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo
See, this is why I always wanted to be Italian when I was a kid!
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:23 AM
 
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The immediate family comes over on Christmas Eve and I knock up a roast duck. Our favourite tipple to get things going in a sparkling red wine. In can be hard to find but it goes perfectly with the duck. Christmas day is for the extended family.
How can you knock up a duck that is dead?
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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As it'll be a holiday as a single, I'll order from a gourmet food delivery site something tasty to be delivered right before Christmas, so there will be something to look forward to...

one year it was from a Spanish food site, cheeses, Marcona almonds, bread etc. ....next year from Harry and David ie fruit and cheese basket.
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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There will be eight friends and their precious six year old for dinner. I'll make prime rib, some salmon, crab legs, deviled eggs, shrimp, and some roasted asparagus. We will also have some good bubbly. Our friends and their six year old will spend the night. We did that last year and it was such a joy waking up to her excitement that Santa had come. Our friends are Hindu immigrants from India and they have no family here, so we made them part of our family. I call them my Indian children. The little one is very attached to me and vise versa
We will have pancakes and eggs for breakfast and hopefully my friend will be with us on Christmas day for dinner. There will be six of us for dinner. I'll make a big salad, some mashed potatoes, roasted yellow squash and zucchini, and I'm thinking another turkey. The one I made for Thanksgiving was to die for.
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:25 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We will have 12 people for dinner. We used to have 14 but my parents are no longer up to the trip as they approach 90. It's always at our house, mostly due to it being the only one big enough too handle that many people comfortably. We always have a theme for Christmas dinner, and every year is different, though we are running out of ideas. We have done Mexican, Italian, Chinese, BBQ, southern, and seafood, to name a few. This year, tentatively until all agree, it will be all appetizers.
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