An Italian Family Christmas

table setting

family dinner

In my kitchen, surrounded with a blue curtain and blue placemat, folks gathered around the tables with moustaches and Burger King crowns for a family Christmas. One of our daughters came down with our special granddaughter the day after Christmas. Our son and his family joined us this year and we were able to do FaceTime with our other daughter and family. Technology is so wonderful for reuniting families. Do you use Skype? Photos for Blue Monday

Italian lasagna

Fortunately, Costco has large quantities of party food and supplies for purchase. I made my special sauce with our own canned tomatoes, homemade pesto and herbs, with Italian sausage. There were no vegans this year. All the pans of lasagna were assembled Christmas Eve night, so our hot meal was ready to enjoy, along with garlic bread and salad within 30 minutes. I love lasagna. How about you?

Starting to set out the appetizers, I served several dipping sauces for garlic bread, along with Brie and apple slices, meatballs, shrimp ring and poppers. We all were grazing on munchies around noon.

Italian soda on the menu

I picked the "Italian Grapefruit" on Christmas morning...

"Il mio nome e Giorgio Pompelmo.  Che piacere visitare la vostra fattoria.  Grazie tanto y Buon Natale!"

Translation: "My name is Giorgio Grapefruit.  What a pleasure to visit your farm!  Thanks so much, and Merry Christmas!" 

Funny thing is that the lasagna is overpriced. If 1 euro = $1.32, then no one is going to pay $30. for a portion of the main course. We all chuckled over this but fortunately, today the Christmas dinner was free! lol Photo for Mellow Yellow Monday

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 Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year of praise in 2013.


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  1. Loving post with family at Christmas ~ Happy New Year to you ^_^

    1. Thanks Carol and it is so nice to hear from you again. Wishing you joy this new year!

  2. Hi D,

    My husband is 100% Italian, so I've cooked my share of Italian sausage. Yum! Thanks for being so faithful to Blue Monday, and for sharing your blues.

    Happy New Year and Happy Blue Monday!

    1. Thanks, Sally! So much fun to have an Italian Christmas, being Greek! Wishing you joy this new year!

  3. Dropping by to greet you a happy new year:)
    Anyway, your cuisine made me hungry:)
    Good luck with 2013:)

  4. Beautiful family gathering/traDition!

    Catching up with Blue Monday.

    Here's my BLUE

  5. Love the setting and the smiles. Happy New Year!

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