It’s Christmas Eve. For the Wheatley household, that means a dinner party that will include some family, some friends – old and new, and tonight, even some people we haven’t met yet. For about 12 or so years now, Christmas Eve was moved from my mom’s house to mine for a number of reasons. Widely spaced siblings made it difficult to coordinate work and family schedules and our traditional Christmas Eve moved to the weekend before.
Our table at times has had as few as 8 people, but tonight, we’re up to 21. Especially fun tonight, there will be a rather large contingent of young people. Usually my 2 kids are the only ones. Tonight there will be 7. I always cringe at the thought of segregating the kids from the adults, but tonight the youngs ones (ages 11 – 21) have asked to have their own table.
Most everyone (that I have met, anyway) has had a part in deciding on the menu. Josh and Lauren wanted roasted asparagus, Kyra and Logan voted for broccoli. Our neighbor, Dianne is bringing a sweet potato casserole, I opted out of twice backed potatoes for a twice baked potato casserole. Tony is handling the smoker and has elected to do a selection of pork roast, turkey breast and side of salmon. It’s fun to try to make everyone’s culinary dreams come true.
A few will bring bottles of cheer, there will be lots of cheer – some laced with nervous excitement, some chemically altered, but cheer none the less. With candles aglow, the evening will proceed through multiple courses, good natured teasing and most likely a few political and celebrity centered digs. Rick and Tiger will be the most likely targets I suppose – and well deserved, I’d say. We’ll be reminiscing, and all in all, probably partying just like you.
But this blog is mostly about food, after all, so I thought I would share the menu with you. Perhaps you’ll have an idea to help through menu planning for an upcoming party. And, if you find yourself adrift on Christmas Eve, know that there will most likely be a place at our table. Meanwhile, have the happiest of holidays!
Christmas Eve at the Wheatley’s
Cranberry and Citrus Punch
Sweet and Spicy Toasted Nuts
Crab and Artichoke Dip with Crackers
Guacamole and Chips
Smoked Salmon, Turkey and Pork
Sweet Potato Casserole
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Roasted Asparagus with herb butter
Glazed Carrots with Ginger and Brown Sugar
Steamed Broccoli w/Lemon Butter Sauce
Crisp Baguette and Butter
Chocolate Layer Cake
Coconut Layer Cake
Candies and assorted Holiday Cookies
And to all a good night.