January 1, 2013

stories from the curious city

Christmas Eve was spent with my cousins in Torrance. This year was the first time we played the white elephant game. I must say the "stealing" part got pretty intense, borderline vicious with a dash of good cheer.
Judy overseeing the white elephant game in her exuberant Santa outfit.
Wilson and great aunt Susan "gan bei!"
Bottoms up...our family knows how to drink.
Wilson's UGH face. 
You can always count on Jennifer to wear the most appropriate nails for the occasion.
Tiffany and William assemble an enormous floating shark. Why? Tiffany finds it cute. 
Christmas day was spent with Antony's nieces and nephew. Passing out presents is just as joyous as receiving them. These babies are too cute.
Then Antony and Steven conceived the most brilliant idea - race down the hill riding the kids' toy cars... Do not try this at home.
The happiest day of the year concluded with bath time. I taught the kids how to fog up the glass to draw pictures. It's so peculiar yet wonderful how as I get older, Christmas takes on a whole different meaning. 
One of our family Christmas traditions I treasure is getting a live evergreen tree. We have, in my opinion, the most beautiful ornament collection ever! I love them so much that when I moved out last year, I took them with me. The Santa ice cream man one is my favorite for obvious reasons~~!

This year, for the first time ever, I hosted the family Christmas party at my home. Our mother actually handed the reigns over to someone else. I prepared stuffed mushrooms, rack of lamb, roasted red pepper and burrata crostini, and apple salad. I have never cooked lamb before, but I was really pleased with how it turned out. It was so delicious, and I think medium is the way to go with lamb.

The hardest part was waiting for the cooking to begin. I prepped all the ingredients in the morning, and I had to wait and wait and wait. I relaxed by reading Kinfolk magazine, which I really enjoyed, in the company of two adorable dogs.

Although I don't have matching silverware or plates yet, I was happy with the results, and I think my presentation can only improve over the years. With my dishes added with my mom's additions, we had a very fulfilling dinner.

We ended Christmas with exchanging gifts and a Christmas cake.

I hope you all enjoyed your Christmases with loved ones. My mind is already filled with ideas for next December!

No comments:

Post a Comment