All year I look forward to two things, my birthday (of course) and the holiday season. I love the city decorated in pretty lights, the way houses smell of ginger, cinnamon, and pine, drinking warm spiced wine, the long relaxing break from school, and the feeling of being close to family and friends. When everything is all said and done, I'm a little sad to see it all go back to normal. The lights are taken down, Christmas trees are put away (thanks Martha Stewart K-Mart xmas tree for another good season), and we must go back to work. I'm looking forward to 2010. Frankly, 2009, you were a bit difficult... CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR, but first...
Here is a little Christmas wrap up of our holiday going-ons in Denver! Thank you so much family and friends for the jubilant celebrations!
Christmas Eve with the Pings Family
Traditional Buche de Noel, Grandpa's fruit cake, and a night of numerous games including Christmas quiz, white elephant, and The Price is Right!
Christmas Day Events
Christmas morning mountain harvest french toast, free-range applewood smoked bacon, Bon Bonerie opera cream coffee using Apple's Irish coffee service! We spent the morning playing Scrabble, watching Rick Steve's European Christmas and The Royal Tenenbaums, lunch at The Bagel Deli - lox and latkes, and Christmas Dinner with Jaren and Patrick's family!
Making my new traditional Mario Batali's Mrs. Bean's Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps (Joseph and Patrick approve)