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Old 05-28-2009, 01:18 PM
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ok had to know what french toast casserole was and so have now googled it - oh my god it looks so yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!

think i might try that for this years breakfast.
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Minta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the treeMinta you could wrap up and put under the tree
I just posted the recipe for the French Toast Casserole that I use in the recipe section.
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Kids will wake up and find the elf left them something.Kids and I bake cookies,We all make a Gingerbread house and people.We usually goto my sisters house have food and exchange gifts.we'll have hot chocolate,listen to music,watch A Christmas Story,kids like Rudolph we have on dvd.I'll pre make our breakfast,fudge and get kids ready for bed,we checkto see where santa is.kids will put out the snacks for santa and his reindeer.when they goto bed the wrapping starts me and hubby share a glass of wine.we leave the lights and radio on for santa and its nice to wake up to them.I'll put the turkey to bake on,(if we are having it that year) the scent fills the house up.
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We have a meal of lutefisk, lefse, and norweigian meatballs for Christmas Eve dinner. Those are the staples, we also usually have potatoes, other dishes brought to pass and enough cookies to circle the earth (twice). Afterwards all the kids write down on a list what they will perform this year, and they put on the annual christmas program where they will sing a song or play an instrument for the show. It's a great time!

Then some years we will all head off for Midnight Mass. Some years we will stay in and go at 8 a.m. the next morning.
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I love reading everyone's Christmas Eve tradition.

We usually go to my uncles on Christmas Eve and let the little ones open their presents. Then we all play bingo and give away little gifts as prizes. We gather around to eat. Our meals are different each year.

My kids are grown but I give my grandsons reindeer food (oats) to put out on the driveway and sidewalk. Their parents go out after they go to sleep and sweep it away. They put out cookies and milk or another treat for Santa.

My tradition, even with no little kids around, I have to tune into the news to watch Santa come across the radar, hehe. I put on, The Christmas Story, marathon even tho I own a copy of that movie and have watched it a million times already, lol. I also channel surf and watch a variety of other Christmas shows and specials.
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Christmas Eve is usally very busy in my house, after a flurry of decorating on the 13th of December we've usually missed a room, or not finished something leaving a mad dash to B&Q for supplies!

Once all that's done the table is set and we go to pick up my Grandma who stays over christmas. Usually after that we have something small to eat. Then a few of my friends come around and we go to the pub. It's like a big reunion of everyone who we went to school with and who lives around who you just don't see that often, if at all. I'll probably be giving that a miss this year though, people seem to be drifting away from it, and its getting a bit rough (someone was stabbed last year!) I may even try and have a christmas eve party this year. Then back home I'll see what's happening in my house, get myself some food and look at the decorations, then off to bed with a christmas film praying i dont wake up with a hangover! lol
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Christmas Eve is usally very busy in my house, after a flurry of decorating on the 13th of December we've usually missed a room, or not finished something leaving a mad dash to B&Q for supplies!

Once all that's done the table is set and we go to pick up my Grandma who stays over christmas. Usually after that we have something small to eat. Then a few of my friends come around and we go to the pub. It's like a big reunion of everyone who we went to school with and who lives around who you just don't see that often, if at all. I'll probably be giving that a miss this year though, people seem to be drifting away from it, and its getting a bit rough (someone was stabbed last year!) I may even try and have a christmas eve party this year. Then back home I'll see what's happening in my house, get myself some food and look at the decorations, then off to bed with a christmas film praying i dont wake up with a hangover! lol
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Yeah, put a damper on the evening somewhat!
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Christmas Eve day is a stay at home day at our house. We just play, watch Christmas movies, hang out, make cookies for Santa (if they haven't been made already), etc. We do our big Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve (ham, heavenly potatoes, frozen strawberry salad, homemade rolls, etc.). We started doing that a number of years ago because we don't like spending all that time in the kitchen on Christmas Day. So, we have our feast on Christmas Eve and leftovers on Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve evening the kids open one present...always Christmas PJs. Sometimes they get their ornament for the year in the same package. We have chocolate fondu and then read the Christmas Story via candle light. Our tradition is that we sit around the table and we each hold an unlit candle. The first person lights their candle and chooses a Christmas carol that we all sing together. When that song is done, the first person uses their candle to light the next person's candle. The next person then chooses another Christmas carol for us to sing together...and then lights the next person's candle. We go around the table until we all have our candles lit and we have each picked a song to sing. My hubbie is the last candle to be lit. Then he reads the Christmas story from the bible via candlelight and we then sing Silent Night and have our family prayer.

After the kids have gone to bed, my hubbie puts together the pull-aparts we eat for Christmas morning breakfast. After the kids are asleep, Santa makes his very brief visit (presents are already wrapped and stocking stuffers are already organized per stocking so it's just a matter of setting things out).

And then I'm excited about the morning...but bummed that the holiday season is already about over and won't be back for another year.
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Christmas Eve from birth to 19 was the same every year. Once married, we've had something different every year for the past 15 years! I truly enjoyed last Christmas Eve and hope to make what we did a new tradition.

I began the day by cleaning house just so the house won't become a disaster area once festivities begin! I believe DH brought biscuits from Hardee's to us, but he used to make pancakes, bacon, and eggs on Christmas morning. I think I'll see if we can do that this year! After DD's afternoon nap, we went to the mall and just walked around. We had a late lunch/early dinner in the food court. I expected a huge crowd, but it was nice. We left the mall and stopped at DH's best friends house---they always have a gift for DD & she calls him "Uncle Russ" even though we aren't related! We then went across the street to "Uncle's" parents house to visit them. They usually have a small gift for her too. Then we went home and make cookies for Santa---ugly cookies, but they were fun to make! We watched The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 while waiting for the cookies to bake. We threw out reindeer food, then off to bed for DD. I watched some of The Christmas Story marathon since I'd never seen the entire movie before, then Santa came and I went to bed. I know I stayed up later than my normal 10 p.m. bedtime!

We spend most of Christmas Day with family at both sets of our parent's homes. We get a break between breakfast and dinner and come home for DD's nap. During this time I'm sorting gifts and putting things away. I can't stand to have "stuff" all over the place!
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