This Christmas Eve finds me busier than I planned. What started out as just hosting the Christmas Eve dinner to provide a store-bought potato salad and dessert, rolls and tea has turned into baking a cheesecake, cooking a London Broil, glazing and heating the spiral cooked ham, cooking corn on the cob, and all the other prep work one does when hosting a dinner. My dad and extended family on his side will gather here and I will see family that I usually see once a year. On my dad’s side, I have one uncle, one aunt, one cousin, and my cousin’s son. On my mother’s side, I have four uncles, four aunts, and 35 cousins and their children. That makes for one big family gathering! I am better able to manage my dad’s family.
The photo is the cheesecake cooling in the oven. I used this recipe. There was a slight problem while incorporating the ingredients, and it might not be noticable. If I don’t tell, no one may never know.
As with any good hostess, I made a center piece for each table. I have two tables set up to seat 10 people, but I am expecting nine. We were at Cracker Barrel for my husband’s birthday and I got the idea to use my hurricane lamps. I added the greenery from our Christmas tree trimmings and the glass balls belonged to my husband’s grandmother.
The last photo is of Christmas cards a dear friend gave to me last year. The Nativity images are made with banana leaves. I arranged them in two frames which are displayed on the mantel. They are very simple and unique…like me!
I wish all my readers and everyone in Bloggersville a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!