A Very Brady Christmas
My family doesn’t quite have that traditional “run downstairs at 6am and tear into presents” Christmas. But we have our Christmas. And I’ll tell you about it!
Christmas Eve is our big dinner in the dining room with the fancy china.
I have a pretty small family and most don’t live in St. Louis, so our only guests were my aunt and my grandma’s cousin, Harry. I filled up on crackers and Trader Joe’s Cranberry Salsa (awesome), and my aunt made a cocktail with a recipe from Guy Fieri. It had Jack Daniels, Cranberry Juice, and Apple Liqueur. Delicious! (Apparently it’s called American Pie).
Dinner is traditionally Beef Tenderloin (in fact it is my one year Anniversary of becoming a vegetarian today! The last meat meal I ate was beef tenderloin last Christmas). This year my mom also prepared fish for me.
We started with a beautiful salad of arugala, peppers, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds. The salty arugala with the sweet and crunchy pom seeds was incredible!
My plate included a piece of fish, green beans, roasted fingerling potatoes c/o my aunt, and roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and onions c/o ME!
Also enjoy was a glass of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (my mom’s favorite) and my aunt’s Rum Cake for dessert.
After dinner we all just lounge around watching movies and chatting (or napping if you’re me) before going to Midnight Mass. We started attending Midnight Mass at my brothers’ high school a few years ago because I was asked to play the harp before it. I no longer play, but we still go because it easier for my family than trying to get up early in the morning (as you will soon see). It is the Monk’s Mass (the high school is also a Benedictan Monastery) and so includes the traditional chanting and singing. It’s kind of eerily solemn and beautiful.
isn’t actually much of a “morning”. I went downstairs around 10:30 to find my mother starting to prepare a big breakfast. The presents were still downstairs, so I carried them up to the tree and did some laundry. My dad had to work (people still get sick on Christmas!) and my brothers usually don’t wake up until closer to noon. Unfortunately my dad wasn’t able to get home until 1pm, and had to rush back to the hospital after we finished eating.
Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch at 1pm was a big spread of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, toast, Alex’s Mom’s Cranberry bread, fruit, and MIMOSAS :).
My dad was finally finished with work around 3:30pm so we could start opening presents! Santa was very good to everyone. I got things I asked for including a new hair straightener, eyeliner, nail polish, etc. My mom also always gets the kids some useful gifts like seat warmers for the car and warm socks.
And my mom was giddy like a little kid about the massive wind chime she asked for. It’s heavy. And big. And she never really considered where she would put it. But she has one and that’s all that matters!
The rest of the day/night was spent doing puzzles, watching movies, and drinking beer. Dinner is just leftovers and dessert was a nice cookie platter and some Graeter’s Ice Cream.
I headed up to bed before everyone else since I wanted to be well rested for my run on Sunday morning, but everyone else was watching The Transformers while I slept.
It was a great Christmas with tons of food, pajama wearing, and movie watching. I sometimes wish that we had the early morning excitement of other families, but have started to appreciate that we have our own unique Brady traditions.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well! Sugar Detox: Commence.
- What traditions does your family have?
- Do you run downstairs in the morning or have a more relaxed and slow celebration?