Christmas is certainly a magical time of year and the traditions are wonderful. I especially love the Italian traditions. Growing up we did our own version of the traditional seven fish Christmas Eve meal, eating those fish that we liked and discarding those that we didn't.
This year Lisa hosted the Christmas Eve dinner for the extended family so Mom didn't have to cook. It was great. My in-laws were in from out of town as was Aunt Daria, and the whole gang came over for an open house. We exchanged gifts, ate and drank a ton, and had a lot of laughs. It was just like the old days. That night was fantastic as well, as you could actually feel the excitement in the air of Santa's anticipated visit. Carolyn served as hostess on Christmas Day, a tradition that is now 13 years old, and that was great as well.
In addition to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Italian tradition at least in our family, was to celebrate the entire Christmas Week right up through New Years Day. Those events could be formal dinners or informal visits to come over and see the tree and what Santa had brought. Of course sprinkled in throughout the week was a menu fo NFL and increasingly important bowl games, along with Flyers and Sixers games. It simply doesn't get any better than this.Let's keep it going. Happy 2009 to all!