We managed to find wanton wrappers at the last minute, the driveway was successfully plowed, and we all had a most delightful Christmas Eve dinner with loved ones.
It's uncanny to me how quickly the holidays came up. One day, I was in London visualizing the holidays from months out, and the next, I'm crossing off days on the advent calendar and waking up for presents on Christmas morning.
I remember when I was a child that time seemed to run as slowly as sap on a birch tree. The holidays were a time of school concerts, of playtime out in the snow (before it quickly got dark), and counting down the days until school was out.
Nowadays, the month of December flies so quickly! We're bustling around running errands, having and attending holiday parties, and before we know it, time has all but gone and disappeared from view.
It's absolutely crazy pants. But as quickly as time knocks on our door and waves goodbye when the festivities have finished, we continue to have a fabulous evening, as the time we do have is well spent and well appreciated.
Plus, I actually enjoy socializing now! Who knew chit chatting over White Russians could be so enlightening?
I hope you all had a lovely holidays as well and that they were spent with those you cherish most.
The Krull Kastle is lit and ready to party!
Cake pops courtesy of Rosie's Cake Pop Palace..
Our bartender for the evening was Alyeska, who took traditional holiday drinks and changed them up a wee bit..
We had a twist on your classic White Russian, which substituted amaretto for vodka and added salted caramel.
We also had a holiday version of the Moscow Mule, which added cranberry juice, pomegranates, and rosemary. Mmmhmm good.
I myself was on wanton duty...
Along with the whistling Anton and Dad...
Mom was in charge of removing plates from the oven. Hot stuff!
The meal itself was most delicious...
...And for dessert, one of our guests brought out an extraordinary dessert wine from France that had non-wine drinkers clamoring for another glass.
Next to red velvet and lemon cake pops, it was the sweetest finish!
I was joined by my bae when the desserts came out...
Christmas morning had us all up at 8am, with frosted bread and coffee to help entice the parents out of bed...
It was a morning of great thanks and many smiles (and a few hefty glasses of cranberry mint juleps)..
These cranberry mint juleps sure gave us a swift kick in the britches!
Merry Christmas from the Krulls!