Mini-Monday: “O Christmas Tree”

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It’s Christmas Eve and celebrations have begun. Since my husband and I were born in the same city, each year we have not two, not three, but four family holiday dinners. I celebrated Hanukkah with my dad’s side of the family on December 16 and my hubby and I joined my mom’s family last night for Christmas Eve Eve. Today we will celebrate Christmas Eve with my husband’s mom’s family and tomorrow will be Christmas Day with his dad’s side. Phew! I’m getting tired just thinking about it!

Luckily there is plenty of sustenance to give me the energy to make it through—from the traditional trappings of ham and potatoes to local delicacies like DeVinci’s ravioli and Boudin sourdough. Of course there are also plenty of Christmas cookies and last night we had a luxuriously decadent chocolate cream pie. And all this has to be washed down with heady red wines from Amador and the San Joaquin Valley.

But even better than the delicious things we eat and drink, we enjoy the opportunity to be with everyone each Christmas and this year is especially special since Brandon was able to return from Afghanistan to join us.

So as we settle around the Christmas tree (yesterday, today, and tomorrow), I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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