Happy Holidays!

Hello,
I hope everyone had a great holiday!  I had a really fun Christmas filled with family, friends and lots and lots of food!
Christmas Eve we went to church and then had everyone back to our house for a great meal of lasagna, mostacholi, italian sausage and salad (gotta have some green in there!).  For dessert I ate more than I want to admit: 4 or so kinds of cookies, fudge, m&m’s.   We also tried out a delicious sparkling white wine from trader joes.  It was not too sweet, but not dry either.  Right in the middle which is how I prefer wine.  Sadly, I didn’t take ANY pictures of my food.  I was too excited I guess, but that won’t happen again.  I actually didn’t take any pictures at all on Xmas eve bc I got my camera on Christmas morning!
On Christmas Day my parents, brother and my cousin Keaton opened presents and ate a delicous breakfast of ham and eggs and cinammon rolls.  I actually ate a leftover greek salad from Coney Island because I don’t think scrambled eggs or ham are delicious (random breakfast choice I know).  Then we all got ready and headed over to my Aunt Sue’s house for MORE eating and present opening.  My aunt makes a delicous spinach salad, containing spinach, bacon, bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs and a great dressing (it is a secret recipe) and I ate about 4 or 5 servings of that.  I also ate huge amounts of chocolate from my stocking and chocolate covered pretzels that my aunt made.  Delicious!
After a few hours there, we headed out to spend the rest of Christmas with my dad’s side of the family.   We pulled up to see a firetruck in front of their house and had no idea what was going on.  Turned out they had just tried out a warming tray in their brand new oven and it set off the alarms, but it was quite a scare at first!  We had more food at our second stop.  By this time I actually felt a little sick from everything I ate, and didn’t eat much of the dinner (what I did eat was delicious though).  I did manage to eat about half the olive tray by myself as well as some spinach and artichoke dip.  We then opened some more presents and played holiday charades!  When we got home, my brother, dad and I played some Wii bowling and archery which was a great way to end a fun day!
One thing that I love about our Christmas celebrations is getting to see my family.  Since I live in Chicago, I don’t get to see my extended family very often and it is always great to catch up with everyone.  Even though I’m 25, I’m still relinquished to the kids table on Christmas Eve, but I don’t mind at all because it is always a great time to hang out and catch up with my cousins.  On Christmas day I sat at the adult table at my aunts for the very first time!  Woo hoo!!
One tradition that we have is having holiday poppers at everyones plate.  You pull the popper open and get a little present, a paper crown and usually a joke or two.  It is always fun to see what everyone got even though they are usually just stupid presents.  Then we all put on our crowns and go around the table telling our jokes.  Does your family have any traditions like this one?

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