And then it was Christmas. It always comes too fast! By Christmas Eve all non-family visitors were back to their own homes, so it was a Phillips family affair. We did what we always do on Christmas Eve, dinner at House of Hunan in Medina Square (so beautiful at the holidays), a drive around Christmas lights and a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation screening with dessert back at home. Very predictable and very fun.
Christmas morning was lost in a sea of presents (and they were lovely), so breakfast came around noon – Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Morning Muffins with fruit salad and honeyed yogurt. And coffee, always lots of coffee. The ideal special but not *too* rich holiday morning meal.
And in the evening, shrimp cocktail and Prosecco, with floating cranberries for a festive little twist.
Followed by Christmas dinner – and yes I ate it all :). Turkey, my dad’s incredible once-a-year stuffing, roast potatoes, peas and carrots, Bumped Up Brussel Sprouts and cranberry sauce. As we went duck l’orange and gingerbread stuffing at Thanksgiving, Christmas was more traditional and that was perfect.
And finally, my mum’s Chocolate Truffle Torte with lots of fresh cream. It is so luxurious, it is heaven.
Lots of food, lots of wine, lots of family, lots of friends, lots of presents, lots of laughter, lots of love. A very Merry Christmas indeed.