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Christmas/Boxing Day Meal - What's On The Menu?
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Post# 1054953   12/20/2019 at 20:28 (279 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Roast? Joint? Pudding? Trifle? Jerked Chicken? Curry (goat, lamb or any other sort)? Goose? Turkey?

Post# 1055003 , Reply# 1   12/21/2019 at 05:45 (279 days old) by Xraytech (Rural southwest Pennsylvania )        

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I prepare the Christmas Eve dinner
This years menu will be:

Irish Cheddar and Whiskey fondue in place of hors d’ oeuvres

Baked ham with bourbon pineapple glaze
Broccoli casserole
Yeast rolls

Assorted cookies

As usual I’ll serve my holiday punch, and will likely crack open a bottle or two of grapefruit Rosè

Will be a bit of a time crunch this year as I serve dinner at 6:00, and I’m the substitute organist/cantor for 4:00 mass at a church 25 minutes away from home

Post# 1055004 , Reply# 2   12/21/2019 at 05:48 (279 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I'll probably be alone like usual.


In the background we hear Lord Kenmore sobbing, as he ponders yet another lonely holiday.


Dinner will probably be just a regular weeknight dinner.

Post# 1055008 , Reply# 3   12/21/2019 at 06:32 (279 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I will be at work on HP-just a soda and sandwich.

Post# 1055067 , Reply# 4   12/21/2019 at 20:29 (278 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Roast beef
“Mashed Potatoes” (cauliflower; low-carb) and gravy
Green Beans
Low-Carb dinner rolls
Low-Carb pumpkin pie

Boxing Day:
Leftover roast beef, mashed cauliflower w/ gravy, green beans, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, LOL.

Post# 1055071 , Reply# 5   12/21/2019 at 21:23 (278 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

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Spending X-mas alone this year, father died in July, but will make the best of it. Christmas Day I plan on making a big CrockPot of homemade clam chowder, my favorite meal, with oyster crackers, cold glass of milk.


Post# 1055075 , Reply# 6   12/21/2019 at 22:57 (278 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Alone here too, since all my immediate family has passed away. Holidays used to be a fun time but just another day now, with nobody left to celebrate them with. I have a pork roast to put in the crock pot and sweet potatoes and will have leftovers until I am tired of them.

Post# 1055077 , Reply# 7   12/21/2019 at 23:28 (278 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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On Christmas Eve we are going to our niece’s home to celebrate the holiday with she, her husband and their three sons. I’m not sure what she will be having for dinner, but she’s a good cook so I’m sure it will be delicious.

Last Saturday while we were eating dinner David asked me what I was planning for our Christmas dinner, for just the two of us? When I started to tell him we both said Ravioli at the same time. So thats what it will be, with a salad and I’ll make some homemade rolls and a bottle of non alcoholic Merlot. I’m sure that Santa will be bringing some See’s Candy, so that will be dessert.


Post# 1055094 , Reply# 8   12/22/2019 at 03:52 (278 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Christmas Eve: 

Mushroom Soup



Roast Sausage

Sausage and Sauerkraut

Stuffed turkey breast


Green Beans

Dutchess Potatoes

Sourdough Rye Bread

Pickles, Olives, green onions, Peppers

assorted cookies and deserts

Poppyseed Roll

Pineapple punch and assorted wine and drinks.


Expecting about 30 people, just close family...  I do all the cooking.  Been a tradition since before I was born, now with the older generation gone I carry on the tradition.  We start at 6:30PM, or so and go till 4AM or so.



Post# 1055100 , Reply# 9   12/22/2019 at 04:55 (278 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Will be at the parents for some of the morning into the afternoon, have to work for the evening/night.  Sis & sis-in-law came last Fri from Irving.  Other sister will be at the son/DIL in Pflugerville.

Don't know what's on the menu.  Was mention of tamales/chili and whatever else goes along.  I may make a pound cake, bring chips & dip.  Mom needs orientation on her new iPhone.  We've had Christmas very simple for some years.

Post# 1055105 , Reply# 10   12/22/2019 at 06:50 (278 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
My Husband has to work......

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I'll be alone during the day.  Not sure what we're going to do when he gets home but we're planning an after Christmas shopping trip on Friday and Saturday.  I have a lot of Hilton Honors points so we'll do something fun with those in Memphis.  He wants to check out some Pyramid stuff he saw on line.


Any Memphis folks here?  He said that the Pyramid that used to be an arena is now a Bass Pro Shop.   Is that true?  I go for the Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn outlets!!


Our family tradition was the entire family at my parents house in Ohio.  Typical Italian Christmas Eve dinner after midnight mass and then usually Lamb and Ham on Christmas Day.  Now that both parents are gone, we've been getting the family together in the summer time instead of winter (my parents really wanted us together at Christmas).  We are all over the country and with weather concerns it's too stressful to travel in the winter.  I miss being together at Christmas but we look forward to summer events.



Post# 1055109 , Reply# 11   12/22/2019 at 07:31 (278 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
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Christmas is the big family holiday for our group. Everyone is so scattered about these days they barely get home when have to turn around and travel again to get back for Christmas. That is just too much stress in <30 days apart.

Will likely have a quiet meal (not sure what yet) on Christmas Day, then do visiting and otherwise relaxing. Christmas really is for the youngsters IMHO, and our family has largely moved out of that, but there are a few children soooo...

Main thing is everyone is downsizing from large homes to smaller condos or apartments. Thus increasingly it is becoming a game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" as to who does the holidays. Certainly the one who did Thanksgiving isn't going to do another large family do on Christmas. Again too much stress too close together.

Quite honestly older one gets actually prefer less running about (including driving or plane travel), and just doing something cozy and quiet close or at home. Indeed just this week NYT did an article saying others are feeling same.

Post# 1055111 , Reply# 12   12/22/2019 at 08:54 (278 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Christmas really is for the kids!!

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I would love for family to come to Arkansas for the holidays as would my sister in Denver.  Our nieces with the young children live in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Neither of them can afford to make the trip with all the kids, so we generally congregate closer to them.  With the weather in their part of the country this time of year, we moved our get togethers to the summertime for easier travel.

Post# 1055142 , Reply# 13   12/22/2019 at 13:18 (278 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
I usually delete these "sympathy" posts...

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...but I think I'll just leave this one. It is not a plea for sympathy. There is nothing wrong about being alone on holidays, especially Christmas. Many of us have wonderful memories of past Christmas celebrations. Loved ones were still around. Times were very different. In my case, trying to recapture those same times only end up in disappointment. It's best to try and enjoy what you're dealt with. Having a crockpot meal, a turkey TV dinner or a sandwich by yourself can still be perfectly fine. Those of you surrounded by family, friends and food are very fortunate. Treasure each minute regardless if the turkey burns, the gifts are crummy and your guests argue at the dinner table...although a "no-cell phone" rule may be a good idea. 


I've been alone for the holidays for quite some time and it doesn't really bother me. Unfortunately this one is particularly bad. One of my dogs is currently in the hospital. She is very ill and the cost so far is astronomical, rapidly approaching $10K. Next month I turn 70...yikes! Like Roxie Hart said in "Chicago", "I'm older than I ever intended to be". Combine this with my cancer diagnosis (next month I find out what if anything can be done next year) and it makes Bah Humbug sound like Merry Christmas. But it will still be OK, especially if my other dog Holly is home with me. I hope members post photos of their holiday dinner tables, even if it's just a crockpot. Pics of decorations are always very nice too. 


I did manage to spruce-up some 20 year old decorations and put them out front. Neighbors seem to appreciate them which makes me happy.

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Post# 1055161 , Reply# 14   12/22/2019 at 16:15 (277 days old) by kd12 (Arkansas)        
Ham Steaks

I decided to do something different this year and try ham steaks, using a recipe I found on one of the “Vintage Foods Advertisements” posts. It’s a Reynolds Wrap ad recipe from the late 50s/early 60s timeframe. One thing I found interesting this past week is that no one has 1-inch thick ham steaks anymore. They all are cut to ½ inch now. But they also seem larger in diameter than the ones in the ad. The other thing I found interesting is the requirement for “cooked prunes”. Never heard of anyone cooking prunes separately before. So I got a can of dried ones and I’m going to give cooking them a shot before adding to the recipe. Hopefully the end product will be as good as it looks.

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Post# 1055163 , Reply# 15   12/22/2019 at 16:39 (277 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I occasionally make ham steaks with pineapple rings and a brown sugar mustard glaze. I don't buy them prepackaged, but rather get them in the Kroger deli. They slice them to the thickness I want.

I'd suggest trying the deli dept. of your supermarket, or an independent meat market where your selection is cut to order.

Post# 1055166 , Reply# 16   12/22/2019 at 18:13 (277 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
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Roger, when this recipe was published the prunes that were available usually weren’t pitted, and were very dry, so cooking them made them more moist and also made it easier to remove the pits. The canned dried prunes that you bought are most likely already pitted and very moist. You should be able the just pour enough very hot water to cover them and let them sit for about 20-30 mins and be good to go. If you want them to be in smaller pieces, cut them in half or quarters before covering them with the very hot water.


Post# 1055167 , Reply# 17   12/22/2019 at 18:27 (277 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I knocked myself out for Thanksgiving--brined roast turkey (when I pulled it out of the oven, it looked lie something from a Norman Rockwell picture), home made bread, sage sausage dressing, pumpkin pie, and green beans).  Ted said we can decide after he gets here tomorrow night.  We'll go to the store Tuesday and figure out what we want to make as a meal together.  

Post# 1055168 , Reply# 18   12/22/2019 at 18:28 (277 days old) by kd12 (Arkansas)        

Eddie, thanks for the info! I'll try that. I checked the box and they are pitted.

Post# 1055183 , Reply# 19   12/22/2019 at 19:32 (277 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
Re: Prunes

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You’re welcome Roger. And on second thought, before you soak the prunes in hot water, check them out and see if they are tender and moist enough already to suit your taste. Some of the canned pitted prunes are very moist and tender already, really almost like candy, if you like prunes, and I do.

If you think they are already suitable straight out of the can just skip the soaking. Personally, I’d probably opt to just use them right out of the can, this way they’ll keep a recognizable shape and appearance after they’re cooked.

Enjoy you’re Christmas dinner!


Post# 1055186 , Reply# 20   12/22/2019 at 19:54 (277 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I noted the Reynold's ad mentioned "reusable". I was reminded of one grandmother, who apparently was aggressive about saving and reusing aluminum foil.

Post# 1055194 , Reply# 21   12/22/2019 at 21:12 (277 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I save my fair share of aluminium foil.  I use a water bath then I make a cheesecake, quite often during the  summer, and I wrap the pan in foil.  Not wanting to take a chance I do not reuse it for that, so I ave a fair amount folded up in my cupboard for other uses.

Post# 1055202 , Reply# 22   12/22/2019 at 23:02 (277 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I am preparing Christmas dinner for 10 people but fortunately the guests are also bringing some of the items.

cabbage rolls
dinner rolls/pumpernickel bread

scalloped potatoes
cranberry sauce

variety of baked goods
Christmas cake

Post# 1055218 , Reply# 23   12/23/2019 at 07:42 (277 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Growing up mother, aunts, grandmothers, etc... all saved and reused aluminum foil where possible. This was largely as coverings to reheat things (before microwave), or to line pans or whatever with; oh and of course to wrap things going into fridge or freezer.

With microwave ovens firmly entrenched in many kitchens now reheating via oven or pot is rare, so there went one use for aluminum foil leftovers.

This being said still feel some meats and other things are best reheated in oven or stove top as microwaving can make them dry out.

Post# 1055220 , Reply# 24   12/23/2019 at 07:45 (277 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Hi Frig!

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What no lasagna?


Post# 1055255 , Reply# 25   12/23/2019 at 16:13 (276 days old) by superocd (PNW)        

My wife works tomorrow and Christmas Day and I'm on call on the few days off that I have, so I'll just chill and have some French dips with au jus. Haven't decided on a side yet, I may have baby red potatoes sauteed in olive oil, parsley and thyme. Simple, quick and easy. I don't want to make a fancy Christmas dinner, especially if I'm going to be by myself. My wife will be having a catered Christmas dinner with the other CICU nurses.

Post# 1055262 , Reply# 26   12/23/2019 at 17:53 (276 days old) by perc-o-prince (Southboro, Mass)        
Roger (Kd12)

With all the liquids that are injected into hams / ham steaks now, don't discount buying one in the deli section. I often have them "thick slice" ham, cheese and turkey when I'm making a summer chef's salad or antipasto for dinner (salami et al remains regular-slice). You could ask them to cut one an inch thick- it'll probably be around 3# but if you get it when it's on sale and maybe freeze it for when you need it....

Rich's dad called and he's down with a bad cold so it's just the two of us this year. When his dad comes down, hopefully New Year's, we'll celebrate Christmas. Eve will be bracciole (pic is the bracciole after searing- it's been put in a casserole with tomato sauce and frozen, waiting for baking) and either gnocchi or cavatelli. Day will be a pork roast, seasoned mashed potatoes, and a veg. What we're having for "real" eve and day is still up in the air. Doesn't bother me. With the freezer pretty well stocked we can start with corned beef, ham, pork chops, rib eye, chicken breast, meatloaf... and add from there without going to the store.

Whether alone or with many, we always talk about the memories of Christmas / the Holidays. That's what it's all about. If we can create new memories, all the better.

Best to all,

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Post# 1055263 , Reply# 27   12/23/2019 at 17:57 (276 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Well, we've worked this out.  Roast beef, twice baked potatoes, mushrooms, salad, and apple dumplings.  

Post# 1055267 , Reply# 28   12/23/2019 at 18:47 (276 days old) by bradfordwhite (space coast)        
So many good cooks here.

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I have no doubt there are too many excellent and creative cooks in the AW fan club.  I'm getting hungry just reading these.


All I can add to the virtual dinner plan is some dessert.  Yes I know there's lots of sugar and cholesterol but....


Schaum torte, Apple pie, pumpkin pie, and peanut butter butterscotch bars.


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Post# 1055268 , Reply# 29   12/23/2019 at 18:48 (276 days old) by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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Apple pie

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Post# 1055269 , Reply# 30   12/23/2019 at 18:50 (276 days old) by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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pumpkin pie 

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Post# 1055270 , Reply# 31   12/23/2019 at 18:52 (276 days old) by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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peanut butter butterscotch bars.


They are not the easiest to make.


addicting and yes high cholesterol..... but soo good.

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Post# 1055411 , Reply# 32   12/24/2019 at 17:48 (275 days old) by kd12 (Arkansas)        

Well I did it, and even have the picture to prove it. The ham steaks turned out looking like the recipe photo, and they tasted just as good as the picture. Thanks for everyone’s input. Total prep time was about 25 minutes, and total cooking time was 65 minutes (45 initially, then baste and cook for 20 more). I noticed in the recipe there is a redundant ½ cup of maraschino cherries. Otherwise followed it exactly and the result was great!

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Post# 1055448 , Reply# 33   12/24/2019 at 23:54 (275 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0600 CDT.))        
I'm cooking for a Charity event this year:

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It is a banquet for 120 men who are in an inpatient, faith based, 12 month addiction recovery program. This is held at a friend of mine's restaurant. I have wanted to do this for years and never could due to other obligations but this year I can and will give them a chef prepared meal.
I am serving:

Turkey Roast rubbed with sage, granulated garlic and pepper
Mashed Potatoes with real cream and butter.
Sausage and wild rice stuffing.
Homemade gravy
Buttered corn
Freshly baked rolls
A whole assortment of desserts donated by a local grocery store.
A huge pile of dishes to run through the Hobart will ensue and I will do that as well. I will post pics tomorrow night including the vintage Hobart 1512 slicer, the kickass Blodgett DFG EXCEL convection ovens, the spread and the Hobart dish machine in action.
Merry Christmas, WK78

Post# 1055468 , Reply# 34   12/25/2019 at 06:50 (275 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Tony made the chicken and dressing and fried corn while I fixed the creamed potatoes and cajun seasoned green beens.  Also had sliced ham, mac & cheese, baked pears, cranberry sauce, cheesecake, fudge cake, and cupcakes.  I didn't get around to making cookies this year...ran out of time.  Our street is pretty decorated this year.  I hope it continues to spread in the years to come.  There was a street down by my parents that was famous in our area because it was so decorated every year.  Now they have all stopped doing it.  I'll try to get a pic of our decorations (no smart phone...don't want one).

Post# 1055534 , Reply# 35   12/25/2019 at 17:20 (274 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Fine-tuned.  Prime rib roast, twice-baked potatoes, asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, Caesar salad, and apple dumplings.  

Post# 1055535 , Reply# 36   12/25/2019 at 17:30 (274 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Well, here is everything I planned, but made, photographed and ultimately some of it eaten, with more leftovers than room in the refrigerator for:

— Dave

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Post# 1055553 , Reply# 37   12/25/2019 at 20:11 (274 days old) by perc-o-prince (Southboro, Mass)        
We ended up...

having a pupu platter and rice from a local Chinese restaurant last night because we both were working around the house and lost track of time.

Tonight was chicken Marsala with a side of pasta with roasted garlic and olive oil. We'll have the bracciole/cavatelli and pork roast when Rich's father comes down for New Year's Eve/Day.

Hope all were safe, well, and peaceful!


Post# 1055554 , Reply# 38   12/25/2019 at 20:11 (274 days old) by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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Wow, all the variety.  It's like being at a banquet.  


I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday and eating good. 

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Post# 1055563 , Reply# 39   12/25/2019 at 21:47 (274 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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My dessert was quite simple, and probably needs no description:

— Dave

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Post# 1055570 , Reply# 40   12/25/2019 at 22:59 (274 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0600 CDT.))        
Christmas banquet pics:

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1. The convection ovens are loaded for Bear. Sliced turkey roast in the top. Buttered corn and Sausage stuffing in the bottom. Chef standing in front of ovens.

2. Rolls fresh from the oven and food staged on the flattop for service. (Multiple pans of food were also staged in the steamtable under this pass and in the lower shut off convection oven)

3. The line is ready for service. Notice the beautiful lady in the red shirt. (Yes she's my wife, but still...)

4. The leftovers, not too much but at least we didn't run out of food. (Check out the Vintage Hobart slicer) It kicked ass on those turkey roasts. There were L/O mashed taters but they were already re-panned for cooling and in the walk-in at this time.

5. Clean-up underway, GO HOBART!

I had an awesome time and felt honored to be Head Chef of this Banquet and would do it again in a heartbeat. It made my day to hear the sincere gratitude from the guys for what we did and to know they loved the food. Not to sound arrogant (as I was humbled by these men's kindness and gratitude)but it was nice to be told many times that my food was outstanding, amazing, just like my Mom/Grandma used to make, very good and excellent.
Merry Christmas

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Post# 1055615 , Reply# 41   12/26/2019 at 11:35 (274 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I went to the home of my oldest nephew, his wife, and their three children, who live about 25 miles from here. My sister and her husband were also there.

I stopped by to drop something off on Christmas Eve, and they asked if I wanted to stay to eat. It was warm out, so they cooked steaks on the grill. I went back over Christmas day for lunch, and we had ham, twice baked potatoes, salad, rolls and cookies. Everything was good. Ended up staying until about 4:30 or so, then came home.

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