Christmas Dinner for Two

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This year (2013) James and I celebrated our fourth Christmas together. This was also the last year that we split up for Christmas since we usually travel to visit our respective families for the holiday; we will of course start spending all future Christmases together after we are married. Since we did not spend Christmas day together we celebrated a few days before departing as we have done the previous three years. This means a nice quiet dinner for two, our favorite Christmas movies, and our gift exchange. These nights have always been incredibly meaningful to us as we mentally prepared to separate for a couple of weeks and they served as OUR own special Christmas celebration. Spending Christmas day together will be very special as well, but I have the feeling that we will continue this personal tradition even in our future since we will still be traveling to spend Christmas with family, except alternating which family to visit each year. We kept it simple and romantic – a home cooked meal, a decadent dessert, holiday cocktails, and pretty candles made this meal better than any restaurant could have.

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For the main course I made whole wheat penne pasta with bacon, lobster, and sun-dried tomatoes. This time we cheated with dessert and decided to pick up a little cheesecake at the bakery instead of making a dessert at home.

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For the cocktails: muddled cranberries, 1 oz bourbon, 1/2 oz ginger syrup, dash angostura bitters, splash of 100% cranberry juice, dash of cinnamon – per serving.

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We watched Christmas themed movies most of the day – including: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ and ‘Home Alone.’ My personal favorite is actually ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ but we weren’t able to get our hands on a Netflix disk this year – clearly it’s time to just give in and buy the blu-ray.

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After dinner and movies it was time to open the gifts. I admit my gift to James was in a ways a gift for both of us to enjoy – we’ve been eyeing the James Bond blu-ray set for quite some time and I finally decided to make that a reality.

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Of course I had to include a book with his gift as has become a tradition (previous years include: ‘The Making of Star Wars,’ ‘The Making of The Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones,’ etc.). I love themed gifts and James has an affinity for certain film archive books so it couldn’t have been more perfect.

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We ended our night by taking out all of the legos in our Lego City Advent Calendar since we would be gone for the remaining days. This years calendar included a lot of great fun pieces that we will be able to take out and display every holiday season.

We look forward to many happy Christmases together in the years to come.

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