December 24 and 25, 2012 – Pilat Eve, Hannukah, Christmas

Being a very ecumenical household, we glom our celebrations together taking in everyone’s favorite way of celebrating. Pilat Eve is always an event that we all look forward to. At Pilat Eve the emphasis is on tasty hors d’oeuvres, potato latke making, opening presents and having fun.

John gets things rolling by setting up his frying station on the back patio. His latkes are really delicious. And Nathan has provided a new menorah for this year made from his December Kiwi Crate.

John at his latke fry station
John at his latke fry station

Mmmm, latkes!
Mmmm, latkes!

Nathan's Kiwi Crate menorah
Nathan’s Kiwi Crate menorah

Of course the buffet table is laden with all sorts of holiday treats. This year we have chicken liver mousse, bean and cheese dip, meatballs, dukkah, cookies and more!

Ryan and Jon at the buffet table
Ryan and Jon at the buffet table

Now it is time to open presents. We exchange gifts on Pilat Eve with Jon and his family. On Christmas morning John, Sarah and I open presents.

Nathan and Sam open presents
Nathan and Sam open presents

Jon opening a present
Jon opening a present

More presents!
More presents!

Sam seems pleased
Sam seems pleased

On Christmas morning we have our traditional breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, capers, onions, and lox. This year John, Sarah and I recall our great trip to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic by including a breakfast beer from the Schneider Brewery in Munich. Hmm, I think the beer may be a perfect addition to our traditional Christmas breakfast.
Traditional Christmas breakfast
Traditional Christmas breakfast

Later we go to Jonathan’s for Christmas dinner. He and Ryan have prepared a feast which includes a standing rib roast and all the trimmings. It is really good! After a really exciting day, John reads Vader and Son to Nathan and Sam. Sarah has given the book to the boys for Christmas and it is a real hit.
Zayde, Nathan and Sam enjoy a quiet read
Zayde, Nathan and Sam enjoy a quiet read

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