WHEW. With that, the Christmas season has come to a close. New Years is right around the corner and everyone has joined a new gym and we’re almost done cleaning up after Christmas Eve Dinner. Almost. Leftovers? Still in the fridge. Christmas cookies? Still on a 3-a-day diet. Might have to up it to 4. All in all the Holiday was a good time for just about everyone. We’ve picked up the tradition of hosted a big dinner on Christmas Eve for both of our families and some close friends every year. Last year we tackled a beef wellington dish and had four other courses. This year we toned it down just a little, preparing a rack of pork with sides and French onion soup. The meal definitely created a sense of fullness which really set the trend for the rest of the next two days. After dinner we sat around the fire and exchanged gifts and had a white elephant gift exchange. If you’ve never done one its a good time to see Murphy’s law in action and may be the only time you can see a staunch Republican get a commemorative Obama plate or Charisse let Eric have a garden gnome. One of Eric’s family traditions growing up is reading a Christmas story on Christmas Eve, so Eric read “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” to everyone as the party wound down. For those who made it we took a walk around the neighborhood around midnight looking at all the lights and talking about what tomorrow would bring. Christmas started for us around 6 AM with trips back and forth between both of our parents houses. When we got home, it was straight to bed with a thankful heart, full stomachs and the feeling that when we woke up, the house would be a disaster. The next morning, we discovered that it was worse than we thought. Paper, boxes and ribbons everywhere and stacks of dishes to do so we did the only sensible thing: made pancakes from a mix with Eric’s new Pancake molds, which turned out to be the perfect after Christmas breakfast. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday (whichever one you might celebrate) and all have wonderful and safe New Years Eve! We’ll see you next year!