We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We want it easy but good. We're thinking something like this:
Eggnog and/or Champagne, and Martinelli's of course for the teetotalers, then wine A spiral-cut full-size Harrington's Country Ham big enough for 20, with some cool sauces and mustards for it Corn Pudding Scalloped potatoes with bacon Asparagus Biscuits A green salad Misc. Christmas cookies for dessert - bring homemade ones with you
We do church Christmas Eve, not Christmas morning as I did as a lad. We forbid gifts with extended family so we omit that silliness - except gifts of homemade cookies. In fact, we are not too big on gifts in general anymore. Instead, we'll have Mrs. BD on ye olde Steinway playing Christmas songs for us all to sing off-key, and some group games. We often play the "Who am I?" game.
At night, the kids go off to the movies with friends.
When our fifth child was almost a year old we went to a movie, Christmas Eve church and out to dinner. From 7 of us that first time to the the 17 of us that will go this year, no one has missed in 25 years. Our first dinner was at MacDonalds (about all we could afford). The dinners have steadily improved until the last few years we've settled on a really nice Argentinian steak house.
The whole day is on my husband and I, and that is our gift to everyone. I get the grandchildren each something small that can be played with right away ( this year, flashlights).
One year we had two with pink-eye, two in casts, and one with flu. And a good time was had by all.
Quiet Christmas Eve for us this year, just the two of us. But we will go to Mass on Christmas morning because my husband and son are the altar servers and I am the reader. Then home to do stockings and presents with 4 grandkids and their parents. Breakfast/brunch with our traditional favorites. Easy supper of sandwiches with good meat and cheeses on spendier bread than we usually buy. We get a new game every Christmas, so the evening will be filled with figuring out rules and playing together.
The two of us will have a quiet evening gazing at the pretty Christmas tree and the modest pile of presents under the tree. (the pile is small because we've finally learned not to try and make every Christmas the best ever for our kids and grandkids).
Christmas morning will be a full house with grown kids and their families including an energetic, lively 2 1/2 year-old granddaughter who who will lift the proceedings to a new level of fun.
On the table will be a ham I baked according to my mother's recipe: stud the top with cloves and cover it with a mix of orange juice and dry mustard. It adds a lot of flavor to the meat.
I'll make a couple of vegetable dishes, cheese biscuits, and a thrice glazed orange bundt cake. Yum!
After everyone leaves, my husband and I will tell each other yet again, that being with each other and with our nice family made this the best Christmas ever.