Christmas Eve Traditions

December 24, 2014

For a few years now, since my dad passed away, our family has spent Christmas Eve with my grandparents. My mom usually has a turkey roasting in the oven during the day, we prepare side dishes, and after evening mass at church, we haul all the food over and enjoy a full turkey dinner at our grandparents’.

And this year was no different!

The turkey and some of the food

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My mom always makes extra stuffing on the side, with walnuts and cranberries, mmm.

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Buttering up some rolls!

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Perhaps my love for photography takes after my grandpa, who you will find always snapping photos at every opportunity, documenting moments with family to revisit time after time.

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Carving the turkey

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Family pictures!

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Having a first taste of the lime and banana liqueur my grandpa made. This was a recipe from his sister in Vietnam, where my mom and I had the opportunity to try some last year!

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Beautiful colour and clarity. Great flavour and not too sweet, yum!

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The other tradition we’ve developed is to take family photos on Christmas Eve.

Here are this year’s photos!

My sister with her turtle, Franklin.

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The ‘proper’ photo

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And what usually happens when we take family photos

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Happy New Year… of the Horse!

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Sisters.

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Franklin kept trying to escape from me.

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But would always lie perfectly still for my sister!

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Whether your Christmas Eve was festive or simple and relaxing, I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed it!

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