A Holly Jolly Christmas [Eve]

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Younger-Monson-Allen’s! And Malcolm!

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After a bit of relaxing with Lillian, the Christmas Cat…

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…I had a few nibbles of treats to tide my hunger…

A bourbon ball tasting with my mom (still can’t decide whose I prefer!)

A piece of Christmas tree cookie

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A bite of pumpkin fudge

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Around 5PM we put out some cheeses + homemade cheese straws for cocktail hour

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I had a taste of each cheese and a cheese straw ….

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Instead of alcohol, Karen and I made mocktails with soda and bitters, which might as well had vodka in them because they were so refreshing and delish!

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For a light dinner in preparation for church and our Christmas Eve Party, I made a huge spinach salad with chickpeas, lots of veggies and raisins for some nourishment!

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Everyone had a little to tide us until our 9PM party

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Church was all carols and candles!

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When we returned home, we set up the party

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Only to have half a table leaf collapse sending shrimp and cocktail sauce everywhere!! Sniff! Luckily iit was mostly salvageable with a little rinsing

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The meatballs were a big hit

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Rudy the Reindeer enjoyed quite a few shrimp

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So fun that Larbs’ Matt‘s family could join us this year!!

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Malcom, Matt‘s friend from high school, joined us for the evening and was feeling a little tipsy!!

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Eggnog roasting on an open fire. I only had a bit and gave the rest to Matt, but what I did drink was very bourbon and delish! [I would like to know why HFCS is a necessary ingredient for egg nog??!]

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During the party I had 2 small glasses of wine

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And two plates of goodies. Just enough to be satisfied and not too full.

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We are now singing carols around the piano and I must join in!!!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Babycakes December 25, 2009 at 12:05 am

Merry Christmas Kath!


2 Niki December 25, 2009 at 12:08 am

The Horizon Brand Organic Eggnog doesn’t have HFCS in it!! It’s so good, you should try it! Doesn’t taste any different in my opinion!


3 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) December 25, 2009 at 12:13 am

What a fun recap! Glad you had a great time with family and friends!


4 Julie @savvyeats December 25, 2009 at 12:25 am

So glad you were able to rescue most of the food that fell!

Merry Christmas (and Eve)… have a happy holiday!


5 Danielle (Coffee Run) December 25, 2009 at 12:28 am

Gah I need to be more like you on the “satisfied but not to full” feeling 😕
Merry Christmas!


6 Penny December 25, 2009 at 12:35 am

The tree is beautiful!!!!! One of the most colorful trees I’ve ever seen.


7 Bridget December 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

Look at all that yummy food!! Sounds like a fun time!!



8 amber December 25, 2009 at 1:29 am

what a fun night!! Merry Christmas!! =)


9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 25, 2009 at 1:33 am

Merry Christmas, Kath!! Your Christmas Eve looks scrumptious and so traditional. Glad you applied the 5 second rule+rinsing to salvage the shrimpies :)


10 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 25, 2009 at 2:24 am

What a nice night. Ya’ll look so proper ; ) You should give Silk soy egg nog a try – low fat & mighty tasty. Merry Christmas to you & yours!


11 Stef December 25, 2009 at 3:13 am

What a festive bunch! Singing carols round the piano, how fun! All the pics look great, the meatball feeding ones are funny :). Merry xmas!


12 christie @ honoring health December 25, 2009 at 6:16 am

Looks like a great traditional Christmas Eve!

Enjoy the rest of your Holiday!


13 skinnyrunner December 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

looks like a fabulous christmas party! love the group pic at the beginning!


14 amanda December 25, 2009 at 9:33 am

Merry Christmas. You spread for Christmas eve looks delicious!


15 Pam December 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

Merry Season’s and enjoy!


16 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 25, 2009 at 10:04 am

What a fun evening Kath! Merry Christmas!!! 😀


17 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 25, 2009 at 10:55 am

That looks so fun! And pumpkin fudge…yes please :)


18 Brittany December 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

I love candlelight service! It looks like you had a lovely Christmas eve. Merry Christmas you, Matt and your families!


19 Carolyn December 25, 2009 at 11:32 am

What a great time! Merry Christmas!!


20 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm

looks like a lot of fun. merry x-mas to you and your famiy, kath!


21 emily December 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Merry Christmas!


22 Tracy Stokes December 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Merry Christmas!!! You need to get organic Egg Nog for no HFCS. It’s more expensive but worth it!


23 Jenny December 25, 2009 at 9:56 pm

What a fun Christmas Eve! Candlelight service is one of my favorite Christmas Eve traditions for sure :)

Glad y’all could salvage the shrimp, and Kath, I must say I really like you “mocktail” habit, I think it’s great!


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