I started hosting in 2005, our 1st married Christmas, which was also the 1st one without my mother in law. She and I had a long talk before she passed away about keeping tradition and I promised her I would absolutely make sure holidays stayed important and traditions were kept. The past few years we've had heavy appetizers and drinks, but this year I decided to go back to a meal, and it was so much easier. We had a smoked pork loin, potato casserole, green bean casserole, creamed corn, cherry fluff, deviled eggs, and rolls. Simple, but tasty!
One of Michael's favorite things to do is to make egg nog for Christmas. He tried a new recipe this year and it was super good...but strong! :-)
I really enjoy holiday baking (even if I did burn my hand in the process this year!) and I always make the Ledford family traditional sausage balls and the Jacobs' family traditional thumbprint cookies.
We are truly blessed to have two small families that we are close to and get to see as often as we can.
Today Nicholas and I spent a lazy morning at home while Michael worked. He was home by 1:30 and we made a big pot of gumbo for dinner. It was nice to not have a busy Christmas Eve this year and able to spend a day resting before another busy day on Christmas day. Nothing says "Merry Christmas y'all!" quite like a big bowl of gumbo! :-)
This may be one of my new favorite pictures. He was looking for Santa in the fireplace!!! I die at the cuteness!!!
We have another busy day tomorrow. We are looking forward to another fun day with family!