As I sit here at 11:30 at night, the kids fast asleep for several hours, I feel good. Really good. For the first time in about ten years, all the presents are wrapped. Everything. Even the ones from Santa, which I was going to leave until tomorrow night. Last year, I was up by myself until the wee hours of Christmas morning, wrapping presents. This feels so much better.
I’m not organized this go ’round by design. It sort of just happened that way. I started picking up Christmas presents here and there back in September and slowly began to chip away at my list. That made the shopping a lot more bearable and, quite frankly, pleasurable this year. I *do* need to run out tomorrow at lunchtime, to just one store, for three or four things, but other than that, everything has been bought and wrapped. Love that.
As for the menu? I had a general idea of what I was planning on making for Christmas Eve dinner, but didn’t set out to attack my grocery list until today. Costco at lunchtime and Shop Rite after dinner. Surprisingly, I was in and out, and only missed out on one ingredient. Apparently there is a run on scallops here in the Northeast. Who knew? A quick substitution and every last thing was crossed off my list.
We’re going to be doing the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes for tomorrow night’s dinner, along with a lasagna. Five of the fish will make their appearance in a Cioppino, and two more in before dinner spreads. I have three dips and spreads planned for pre-dinner munchies, along with Cheese Delights, Spinach Cheese Squares and fresh fruit. My hope is that if I ply everyone with finger food before dinner, I can buy a little time for someone to hook up the DVD player. (You hear that, Uncle Tim?) I haven’t been able to figure out which cord goes where since we moved, and I’d hate to miss out on watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve.
There will be an antipasto platter, a delicious herbed bread thing that I spied in a magazine recently, and thirteen desserts (to celebrate the French contingent of our family). An easy, low-key, low-stress menu … all the better to enjoy good times with family.
And now, inquiring minds want to know … what are YOU planning on eating for Christmas Eve? I’d love to know!