A Christmas Eve menu

Hot buttered apple cider with Calvados
Arancini with marinara sauce
Sausage roll
Orange, fennel, arugula and pomegranate salad. Christmas Eve 2009.
Swiss, onion and bacon tartlets
Baked Brie with pecans
Lupini beans

Shrimp cocktail
Orange, fennel, arugula and pomegranate salad 

Angel hair aglio e olio
Shrimp scampi over angel hair pasta

Chicken romano with greens and artichoke hearts
Beef stuffed with mozzarella with mashed potatoes, sautéed peppers and mushrooms
Eggplant parmigiana
Christmas Eve 2013: not quite organized 
and missing a few suspects.

Roasted eggplant, grape tomatoes and bell peppers (vegan)
Grape tomatoes, mozzarella and bread

Chocolate crinkles
Peanut butter cups
Almond-paste cookies
Sugar cookie snowflakes
Christmas ribbons
Fig cookies
Chocolate fruit and nut bark

Coffee, tea and cappuccino

Port wine

Red and white wine
Beer and hard cider
Sparkling water and soda
Water with orange, lemon and raspberries

Clockwise from foil-wrapped dish: Petit-fours, starlight cookies, chocolate crinkles, anise cookies,
sugar snowflakes, chocolate bark, and fig cookies. Christmas Eve 2013.

We proudly present...ghosts of Christmas past...

Christmas Eve 1996. The hair, the velvet overalls, the generalized awesomeness.
Fun fact #1: I am wearing my first-ever "little black dress." 
To a family Christmas Eve celebration. Because I am 15. And awesome.
Christmas Eve 1998. Being a first-year in college apparently means it's okay 
to wear what is essentially an undergarment in public. Overdressed to underdressed...
Fun fact #2: We are now so tall that the photographer (our cousin)
can't figure out how to fit our heads in.

Christmas Eve 2003. Problem solved: tall people in front!
Fun fact #3: Sometimes the posing goes on long enough 
that it's good to keep that drink handy.
Christmas Eve 2005. One of my better years,
but I still wish I'd had a tartan skirt too.

Fun fact #4: For those keeping scores, we are up two from the 1996 picture.

Christmas Eve 2008. Still with that drink handy...
Fun fact #5: 2009 is the only year in the past twenty that I was not present to pose for these photos.
Christmas Eve 2012. Up six with one missing here. 
Fun fact #6: There are actually three generations represented in this picture.
Fun fact #6.5: The girl holding my son is the baby I was holding in 2003.

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