Italian Christmas vs. Irish Christmas

Alright, I figure I still have a few days left to write about Christmas right?  Okay, good.  I had a great Christmas; ate a little too much, drank a little too much, but I love spending this time of year with my family doing just that!

Christmas Eve was spent at my Dad’s house, the Italian side of the family.  Christmas Day was spent with my Mom’s side of the family, the Irish side.  I absolutely love both celebrations but it’s funny how different they are!

Have a look in pictures and decide for yourself.

Italian Christmas Eve


The table…so pretty!


My Step-Mom makes the most delicious cinnamon sugar roasted pecans.  I told her she should market and sell them!


Appetizers consisted of veggies and dip, hummus, artichoke dip, cold seafood salad, and crackers with this amazing nut crusted cheese ball that my grandma makes.


First course was spaghetti with the option of fish sauce or marinara sauce, crabs, meatballs, and sausage.


I was trying to be good at this point.  My grandma’s meatballs are my absolute favorite!


Dad grilled all of those juicy filets! He marinates them in teriyaki for a while that they get so tender.


Okay, drumroll please.  Stuffed lobster tails…they are to die for.  I just started eating these a few years ago.  I can’t believe I missed out for so long!


The main course spread.



Irish Christmas Day


Christmas morning at my Mom’s.  She goes a little crazy with the stockings!


My aunt made cheese and bacon toasts.


The table.


Lots of meat and potatoes!


My plate consisted of turkey, ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, carrots, and a broccoli and chicken bake.


Of course I had to end the day with an Irish Coffee!

So yes, I over-indulged a bit for Christmas!  But the best part is that I can get right back on track because I know how and how much better I will feel for it.

What was your favorite dish you ate for Christmas?

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