Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Year's Eve Reflections

Since my husband was very sick with a cold this New Year's Eve, we did not join our dear
friends for any celebrations.

He went to bed early and I watched a bit of television and was amazed at the reports of the
crowds, actually millions!, who were gathering in Times Square to ring in the New Year.

I could not imagine standing in a line in the early hours of the morning to garner a place for
midnight that evening!  To be truthful, I find it a bit scary!

As I reflected on the past year, we had a few health issues but all manageable, I could not help
but count my many blessings and be so thankful for my Family.  We have such wonderful daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren!
They give us unimagineable joy and I just can't wait til we are with them!

Family traditions are so very important and become even more so as the years pass by.  My daughters hold traditions very dear and I see my grandchildren feeling the same.

For years and years, we all would gather at my Mother's for Christmas Eve.  We had such
wonderful times!  Over the years, it became apparent that it was getting too much for her
to put on the Christmas Eve celebration.  However, she would not give in and pass the
torch!  Finally, we used our moving to a new house to initiate Christmas Eve celebration
at our home. 

This past year my daughter did the honors and prepared the Seven Fishes Dinner for us.
Unfortunately, my husband was not able to attend since he had such a bad cold.  What
a celebration he missed!

My daughter and son-in-law outdid themselves!  The dinner was truly amazing!

We started with a Lobster Bisque, followed by Crab Stuffed Mushrooms (which were to die for!).
Then came a warmed greens salad with Ginger Shrimp.  King Crab Legs came next and they
were so very large we could not eat them all.  She still had Linguine with Clam Sauce and
Salmon but we had to stop as we all were so full.

It was such a delightful evening and everything was just perfect!

So much so that I am hoping they want to entertain next Christmas Eve and this is the start of a new family tradition and I will be the first one there!!

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