Christmas Eve is very simple in my family, because we are very lazy. We never decorate the tree until Christmas Eve, so we don’t do a big dinner. THere’s also usually a lot of wrapping, pie and cookie making and lots of drinking and singing along to a bevy of Christmas music (some good, and some not so good).
Anyway, Christmas Eve dinner is traditionally crudite, wings, and a cheese platter. My grandmother orders them from the grocery store, and we munch while we wrap and decorate. The added benefit of this is that after a giant breakfast Christmas morning, we snack until we eat dinner around 4 or 5.
This year, we I made the trays. I picked up wings and chicken tenders. For the cheeses, we had munster, cheddar, brie, and pepper jack. For crudite, mini sweet bell peppers, carrots, celery, tomatoes and English cucumber. Toss out some crackers and a bowl of olives and you’re done.
Lou was also kind enough to stop by my grandparent’s with Christmas cookies- chocolate chip meringues, Rice Krispie treats with peanut butter and pretzels, peanut butter blossoms, shortbread, popcorn balls with cranberries, pecan cranberry tarts and white chocolate cranberry chunk cookies- all homemade.