merry christmas!

by Amy on 23 December 2010

hello readers! i’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging so i can fully devote my attention to celebrating christmas with friends + family.

what are you doing for the holiday? are you spending it with immediate family? or opening your home to 40 of your nearest + dearest?

are you celebrating at home? or roadtripping over the river + through the woods to grandma’s house?

is dinner going to be ham? crown roast of pork? pasta + meatballs? takeout chinese food?

i’d love to hear how you are spending the holiday! + if you don’t celebrate christmas, are you doing anything special during the long weekend?

merry christmas, y’all! + an early happy birthday to my dad, who graciously + uncomplainingly shares his birthday with christmas eve.

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1 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) December 23, 2010 at 9:11 am

Merry Christmas to you and your family as well, Amy! I’m so very glad that we’ve gotten to know each other the past few months via Twitter and our blogs!! I’m taking a little blog break to head home to Houston to visit family. Christmas Eve is with my parents, then Midnight Mass at the church where we were married…December 27th is our anniversary. Christmas day is with my in-laws. Then back here on Sunday…

2 amy December 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

merry christmas, wendy! i love that we’ve connected, too — i so enjoy reading your blog + swapping food / drink / entertaining ideas with you. in fact, i’m incorporating pomegranates into our christmas brunch + i’m pretty sure it’s due to your influence! =) have a wonderful holiday + happy anniversary!

3 tracey December 23, 2010 at 9:16 am

so excellent that we were put in touch with each other.I hope that you and your honey and have a wonderful joyous Christmas and a peaceful prosperous NewYear.thanks for sharing such an awesome blog.

4 amy December 23, 2010 at 9:52 am

aww, thanks tracey! i actually emailed trisha a few days ago, thanking her for putting us in touch with each other. i told her how fabulous it has been to get your input on food ideas + also, to just get to know you better. i can’t wait for you to visit nashville so i can meet you in person! i hope you + your family have a fabulous christmas + new year’s. thank you so much for your kind words! hugs, amy

5 Bruce Barone December 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

18-20 people (family) at our home Christmas Eve for food and gifts.

Christmas at Susan’s sister-in-laws.

May the gift of peace and love be always with you! xo

6 amy December 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

wow, you’re hosting a pretty big group! i know that chef bruce will do an amazing job. =) + i saw the pictures of the christmas decor in your home — it looks wonderful! it’s great that you are able to spend time with both your family, susan’s family, + friends over the christmas holiday. i’m sure it will be a magical, special (+ delicious, with your cooking!) christmas celebration. hugs to you + yours, bruce!

7 julie December 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

merry christmas, amy!

it’ll be the epitome of low key around here. on christmas eve, my parents and i will probably do something simple like chicken teriyaki and–by my dad’s request–more red velvet whoopie pies!

when we get together with my dad’s side of the family on christmas day, i think they’re picking up some delicious local barbecue and ribs. my mom’s side won’t get together until the week after, but i think it’ll be a more ‘traditional’ potluck-style turkey/ham/dressing thing.

happy holidays to all!

8 amy December 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

merry christmas, julie! i think that sounds fabulous — chicken teriyaki on christmas eve + barbeque on christmas day. mmmm, my type of eatin’. i’m thrilled that you’re making more of the whoopie pies, too! i still haven’t tried making the red velvet cake into whoopie pies, but you + one other friend have already done it, both with great success! i really have to try it ASAP.

have a great holiday weekend + i can’t wait to connect with you even more in 2011! =)

9 Renee Dobbs December 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm

This is my year to host Christmas. I have decked the halls from top to bottom. 4 (fake) trees and 1 wire tree. In my den is a 9 ft. “Santa” tree with 95% of all the ornaments are Santas. In my kitchen is a 4 ft. tree with food/kitchen ornaments. In my dining room is a 6 ft. tree with gold ornaments, and upstairs is a 6 ft. with the traditional mixed ornaments. The wire tree is on my kitchen counter and has my collection of Swarovski annual snowflake ornaments.

Yesterday was my family’s celebration. I had veggie crudite & dip and mixed nuts for appetizers. Dinner was sauerbraten, spatzle, red cabbage, green beans, corn, cucumber salad, cranberry salad, and bread. Dessert was coconut cake and brownies with ice cream and homemade chocolate sauce.

Tomorrow is my hubby’s family’s celebration. I will have mixed nuts and cream cheese with habanero jelly and crackers for appetizers. Dinner will be a grilled whole beef tenderloin, roasted fingerling potatoes, corn, roasted haricort verts, salad, and bread. Dessert will be red velvet cake and blueberry crumble.

So when Christmas day arrives on Saturday it will just be me & hubby & the hounds spending a quiet day resting. Maybe go see a movie. Or just stay in the jammies all day.

That’s my Christmas this year. Hope you have a wonderful one.

10 amy December 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

i knew you must’ve had a lot to do because you’ve been notably quiet online, but you were even busier than i realized! i love that you have a day dedicated to celebrating with your family + another day for celebrating with your hubby’s family. how did the german food turn out? we had a meal of rouladen, spaetzle, + red cabbage a few weeks ago + it was lovely. i need to try making sauerbraten one of these days.

as good as the german food sounds, i have to admit that tomorrow’s meal sounds even better. you just can’t go wrong with a beef tenderloin, especially with those fabulous appetizers, sides + desserts. + i love that you + your husband will get to spend christmas just the two of us. growing up, my family always went to a movie on christmas afternoon/evening, so that sounds wonderful to me!

merry christmas, renee! i’m so glad that we connected in these past few months + i can’t wait to share more conversation with you in the future!

11 katie December 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

my mom shares a birthday with your dad! she never complains, and always cooks and spends her whole day working. so grateful for her!

we spent the beginning of the week at disneyworld and the end of the week relaxing at my parents house in florida. we’re hosting dinner tonight & brunch tomorrow for my parents neighbors and friends down here and i fly home on sunday! it’s been quite the week!

enjoy your christmas with your family!

12 amy December 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

who knew there were so many christmas eve babies?! my mom’s birthday is the 27th of december, so we always had a combined christmas/mom’s birthday/dad’s birthday celebration + they never seemed to mind. =)

ooh, you’re spending the week in florida? that is so nice! it’s rumored that we’re going to get snow in the southeast tonight, tomorrow, + sunday, so maybe you’ll come home to a snowy georgia? enjoy your dinner tonight + brunch tomorrow. have a wonderful, merry christmas!!

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