Years ago, some friends of mine who couldn't make it home for the holidays started a Christmas Eve gathering they dubbed "Orphan Christmas." The party consisted of a potluck dinner, charades, and plenty of holiday punch. Every year, those from the friend group who can't make it back East still gather to celebrate together.Are you hosting a gathering for friends today? Perhaps you're hosting the entire extended family? Let me know all of the details of your hosting situation this year!
The promotion is part of the coffee chain's efforts to support local nonprofit organizations over the holidays, and to thank customers for supporting their communities. Drop in, grab a cup of joe or steeped tea, and make a donation; Peet's will match up to $1,000 of customer contributions in each store!
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Some families always open their presents after dinner on Christmas Eve. Others gather for caroling in their neighborhood. One of my good friends invites her friends over for cups of spiked eggnog and gingerbread cookies. Every family has a different way of celebrating Christmas Eve at their household. What's yours? Tell me by commenting below!
Unlike most seafood stews, which are thrown together just before serving, this version requires the fish to sit in the sauce overnight. Because the raw shrimp and whitefish are bathed in the rich tomato sauce, the resulting dish is wildly flavorful and the seafood is succulent and plump. It's wonderful for holiday entertaining because the night of a dinner party, the only thing you have to do is toss it in the oven. Seriously, this cioppino is a must make, so learn the technique.
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For Karen Spiegler, "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thru the abode, only one creature was stirring, and she was cleaning the commode." OK, perhaps you won't be mopping this Christmas Eve, but I'm sure you've got something on the schedule tonight, whether you'll be entertaining guests, wrapping gifts, lounging by the fire, or baking some goodies for Santa. Tell me what you've got planned by commenting below!
It's Christmas Eve and your lil ones are expecting Old St. Nick to make his appearance tonight. If you're not the type to don a white beard and pillows stuffed under a red jacket, we've got some other ideas that will keep your babes believing in Santa Claus.
Chances are the kids will leave out cookies for the jolly old man and his crew of reindeer. Santa always managed to find time to put the dishes away at our house, which didn't make sense when he had to deliver toys to the rest of the world!
So before the kids come down in the morning, leave a trail of crumbs near the fireplace or at least on the table. The kids will be thrilled to see Santa's evidence.
As a child, I swore that I heard Prancer and Vixen on the roof one Christmas Eve. Get into the spirit and jingle some bells around midnight when the kids think Santa might be making his appearance.
The last thing you can do to add to Santa's magic is to leave some sort of belongings around the house. Maybe an elf hat was left behind during the gift drop or one of Santa's black buttons popped off when he ate too many of your child's delicious cookies.
Have fun playing along – the innocence doesn't last forever.