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    What did you eat, what did you give, what did you get?

    Hope you're all having a fantastic day!
    I guess I'm still a kid in that I love hearing about other people's gifts and food n stuff...
    Please share

    It doesn't have to be for Christmas - whatever you've celebrated recently that involved food or gifts.

    I'll start:
    Last night be had many canapés, white sausages with fried apple, and ice cream Christmas log, pear and caramel flavour.

    Today we ate an avocado, tomato, fresh cream cheese and smoked ham concoction for starters, then turkey n veg with bread sauce and gravy, and christmas pud with custard for dessert.




    I was spoilt: got a great new cardie, hot water bottle, book and $$ from parents, book and $$ from sister, studio light stand from other sister, and boots from aunt.

    Gave a fondue set and plant to mum as part of collective present, amber earrings and bear shaped cake mould to first sister, some specialized magazines to dad and a muffin cake mould and fair trade puzzle to second sister.

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    Christmas Eve dinner menu at my southern US family gathering:

    Turkey
    Ham
    stuffing
    Mashed potatoes
    Mashed sweet potatoes with a cruncy topping (oatmeal?)
    Green bean casserole (the one with fried onion rings on top)
    Oyster casserole
    Mushroom pie
    Baked cranberry/apple casserole with crumb topping
    Fruit salad
    Mini muffins in two flavors: pumpkin and oatmeal
    Pound cake
    Butter pecan cake

    Not exactly diet fare, but it's great once a year.

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    Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner: we made (and ate) potstickers. Yum.

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    We ate pork loin, mashed potatoes with cheese and a green salad. For dessert, red velvet cupcakes.

    I got my laptop, a Nook and a gorgeous necklace from my parents (Christmas/Birthday gifts). From relatives, I got makeup, money, bath gels and such, and a bracelet.

    I gave lots of things, but the best is that we got my dad a new iPod Nano touch and he's been playing with it since he woke up like a little kid with a new toy.

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    I still haven't done the family get together's yet. But hubby got me a photo tray, Estee Lauder products (that I am so needing right now), Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook and a Phillippa Gregory book- The Queen's Fool both of which I have been wanting forever, some makeup, bath/ body stuff and he also got me this really unique antipasto serving dish.

    This year we went with Mario/ Toy story 3 theme for our oldest son. He got his Nintendo DSi, and some paint stuff, lego, clock radio, books, clothes, mini table top pool table, hockey set. We also got him into karate and getting his sparring stuff was quite the expense lol!!

    Other son is totally into the movie cars, so clothes, books, colouring stuff, car tracks, etc for him.

    Hubby got a ton of tools. I also got him the star wars game he wanted (but found out I was supposed to get it for the Wii not the XBOX 360 -oops!) Travel mug set for his lunches if he brings one for work. But most of the money went to tools for him.

    I think this is the first year we didn't buy any alcohol for each other! lol!!

    We get together with his side tomorrow and then my side on Tuesday.
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    All I had to eat so far was a cookie and some candy. lol.
    I feel like I cleaned up this year! lol Ever since I started dating S my I get inundated with Christmas presents lol.
    I got a lot of books this year, including Alton Brown's baking and recipe books, a game for my DS (which is MIA at the moment lol) DVD of one of my favorite movies, Coming to America. I was totally spoiled lol.
    I gave S some books and new pair of jeans. He is a book-a-holic. And I gave his niece a figure skating coloring book haha, along with gifts for others.
    I can't wait to eat, I'm soo hungry. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

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    I'm also giving cookies as presents. Last night when I went to sleep I realized I had been baking for like 6 hours! But that's my fault for not thinking ahead. I made peanut butter cookies and butter and raspberry thumbprint cookies. I TRIED to make choc chip but

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    Ooooh menu!!

    Tomorrow- Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, lasagna, ceasar salad, taco salad, California mix salad, Avocado/ Tomato salad, almond green beans, apple cinnamon squash, corn, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, christmas pudding for dessert. (this is a dinner for about 40 people)

    Tuesday- Chili, BBQ Salmon,Garlic bread, Lasagna, Ceasar Salad, Mixed Veggie tray, Pecan/Peach Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin Cheescake and Pumpkin pie. (this is a dinner for 18 people)

    Hubby and I figured everyone would be turkeyed out by Tuesday so went completely non-traditional.
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    Christmas Eve - annual lasagne dinner at the neighbor's house.
    Today - annual prime rib dinner at another neighbor's house.

    Pays to have nice neighbors!
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    My sweetee and I had a loverly day. He gave me a "Kindle" which I wanted because I read voraciously, a beautiful Royal Doulton lady (Claire), and many other thingys. My pet parrot gave me a figure skating calendar with a nice little note thanking me for loving her for 22 years I think she had some help with it though. I made a nice dinner for my sweetee and his 90 year old dad. Tomorrow, there will be about 20+ people here for the Boxing Day Family Bash..........fun times, but busy. Now it's some quiet time to recoup some energy for tomorrow, and to give thanks for my blessings.......Merry Christmas all.
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    I gave an iPod touch, video games and assorted fun things to my son. His favorite gift was the Buckyballs (tiny round magnets that go into a variety of shapes). Success! Gave my mom a ton of books and a bunch of warm things - boots, blanket, pjs, etc. Sent my sister $ for more heat in her house.

    Got perfume and sweaters from family and some nice stuff from coworkers (gift cards mostly).

    Made - mac & cheese and little smokies in bbq sauce for last night. Oh, and an amazing spinach dip. Tonight was ham, brie in puff pastry, butternut squash, pasta side dish for son and New York cheesecake and apple, cranberry, walnut crisp for dessert. We watched a ton of Christmas movies this past month - Polar Express last night and tonight is Alias Season 3 for me.

    Mostly, I'm just happy to have my little family here and healthy this year. So many people I know lost parents this year and I'm so for them and grateful for the good things I have.

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    Christmas Eve we had fried fish/shrimp and all the trimmings. We don't do a traditional meal on Christmas because we normally do it when my brother is here the week before.

    Today I fixed a breakfast casserole, grits, and monkey bread for breakfast. Tonight we had sandwiches at my parents house.

    My daughter got: a Nook, a digital camera, clothes, a zebra striped snuggie and some new movies.

    Son got: a wireless contector for his xbox, a new air soft gun, games for his xbox, clothes and a movie.

    Husband got: a new mixer (he's the baker!), Alabama shirt, a new thermos and a clock.

    I got: clothes, wallabees, Auburn jacket/shirt/tag, gift certificate for a pedicure, and a new wallet.

    And it's snowing so after 30 yrs of wishing for a white Christmas....I finally got my biggest Christmas wish
    Have you hugged your kids and told them you love them today?

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    Ham, potato salad, corn, candied yams, green bean casserole, cranberry salad, chicken n noodles, pie, ice cream....*explodes* lol Oh and croissant rolls.

    I got a literati ereader and a GPS for my car. Some clothes and jewelry. Had a pretty good day....now waiting on snow to fall here at my parents(it's already falling in Raleigh where I live)

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    Ham, green bean casserole, cheese potatoes, salad, and carrots and parsnips cooked in butter and maple syrup with a bit of ginger added. Later we had pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

    It was just my sister, nephew, and me having dinner at my house, and we all agreed not to exchange gifts this year. I called my mother and talked to her for a while, and my sister is talking to our other sister now. It was a quiet, sad Christmas for our family after losing my brother at the end of October. His birthday is tomorrow.
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    We usually have a great Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. This year's kinda sucked. (Brother-in-law got sick and plans were changed very last minute.) Not to worry though, at least I didn't overeat!

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    My family had a Lebanese dinner on Christmas Eve: tabouli, homous, kibbeh, babaganouj, kafta, salad, pita bread - it was delicious. On Christmas day, we had prawn cocktails followed by cold turkey, cold ham, salad, and roast potato. Then ice cream pudding and then traditional pudding with brandy custard. It's all been worthy.

    As for what I gave, my family has presents in the morning and then smaller presents at night (from the Tree Fairy). The presents in the morning are to and from specific people, the presents at night are to specific people and from the tree fairy. The night presents are small, often funny or stupid, and are hidden in the tree.

    For the morning presents I gave everyone a Chinese silk bag and filled them with:
    Mum - a pearl bracelet, some chocolates
    Step dad - a head massager, a pass for the local pool, a pen set that had Chinese characters on it, some chocolates
    Dad - a head massager, a coffee card for the local coffee shop, some chocolates
    Sister - a purple bear that is a 4G USB stick when you pull his head off, some chocolates, a small diary
    Nephew - a big panda stuffed toy, a panda 4G USB stick, 2 pairs of Chinese silk PJs, a balance boat pirate game, some chocolates, tiger tattoos
    BIL - a tiger 4G USB stick, some chocolates, a stainless steel flask set with 2 shot glasses and a little funnel

    I got A LOT. A charger thing that can charge my iPhone and iPad at the same time, a leather iPad cover/stand, clothes (which I don't like), lots of food - different tim tams, vita wheats, cream cheese, lollies, an iTunes card, a voucher to take my nephew skating for the first time , a connector for my iPad that can fit my camera's SD card, a sudokou book, a cats and kitties calendar , a canvas with "Love Life and it will Love you Back" written on it, a $50 Amazon voucher, some lip balm (it was in my Christmas cracker), a silver ring, and a coffee pod holder that can hold 50 Nespresso coffee pods. Most importantly, I got to spend the day with my family

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    We had dinner at our friends' with whom we take turns for Christmas. I brought the appetizers: carrots, celery, green & black olives, eggplant caponata, marinated artichoke hearts, and guacamole. There were only 5 of us this year due to illness and kids being away, but we managed to finish almost all the appetizers. Dinner was an incredible ham, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with ham gravy, green beans, and yummy cinnamon raisin dinner rolls. Dessert (after a long break) was homemade walnut apple cake with whipped cream or vanilla So Delicious.

    I got exactly what I wanted this year - donations to Heifer International. I gave a digital picture frame with rescued pix from friend's PC to that friend, for DH, two big, white, fluffy bath towels because he likes to bleach his towels and his last one just got shredded, and Win7 Pro to replace his Vista. Got older DD a cookbook and some food stuff she likes, got her boyfriend a safety kit for his car, and told younger DD to spend what she needed to for 3 new pairs of pants for work. This was probably my easiest Christmas ever.

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    From my friend Alex and his wife, Annette:

    - an origami paper folding kit

    From Annette's sister, Kris:

    - a box of Hershey's Pot of Gold chocolate (which is now GONE!)

    From my parents:
    - a check for $75 (that will go toward my 2011 Hudson-Mohawk Traditional Dancers membership and a full-Saturday ticket to the 2011 Dance Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs on Presidents' Day weekend)
    - a book, Talking Figure Skating - I'm sure most FSU'ers are familiar with it
    - a 2011 Muscle Car calendar (yes... I am a sucker for classic cars!)
    - muscle car magnets for my frig
    - a bag of Bach's Nougats
    - a box of white chocolate-covered Oreos
    - a DVD of One Special Night (which they actually bought for me several years ago - Mom is going to regift it to one of her friends - I need to give them a list of the movies I have!))
    - a blue Snuggie!
    - a blue comforter for me to use when I'm curled up on my couch in my (blue) living room

    I'm going up to Bloomingdale, NY (between Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh) to visit with my brother and my 2 nephews next Sunday, so I'll be getting gifts from them as well.

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    Family tradition for breakfast: cinnamon rolls yum.

    Dinner: Beef tenderloin, ham mashed & cheesy potatoes, shrimp cocktail, fruit plates, cookies, whiskey cake, cheesecake and strawberry jello cake.

    Next year my kids get money. They want to take back most everything they got. Best present, my mom is being moved out of the hospital where she has been for 2 months and into a rehab center close to our home.

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    Got: Cashmere scarf, gift cards, painting of SS Paris from ex
    Gave: gift cards for everyone, Avon basket for mother
    Dinner: Roast chicken, glazed ham, green bean casserole, garlic smashed potatoes, roasted broccoli, stuffing, mac & cheese, apple crumble and pumpkin spice cake (which I made). Fancy dancy coffee and lots of diet soda for moi. Everyone else had wine. Someone had too much wine.

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