Disclaimer: I was working on this blog in Maui when the false missile alert occurred. That seemed more timely, so I put this one on hold. This posting is a bit unseasonably late.
|Portland's outdoor Christmas Tree|
|The Jingle Bell Walk|
|Christmas Lights from car|
Every year, we come up with a non-traditional menu but I was running out of new ideas. We had done Italian, Asian, Greek, Middle Eastern and were beginning to recycle through the international cuisines. I had two requirements for a fun Christmas dinner—good food and a rowdy house. The solution came from both family and friends. Our daughter Heidi and her husband Michael suggested New Orleans Creole/Southern food and we happen to have friends who were lifelong New Orleanians. So launched the Mardi Gras Christmas—over the top, colorful, and fun.
|Mardis Gras Invitation|
Pam, the head décor elf, enlisted the help of a granddaughter**. We were the perfect team—one general, one soldier, and me. It was even more perfect once I left to take my nap and got out of the way.
|Our over the top tree|
Christmas dinner was quite the happening. With 22 people in the house and three tables, it was loud and fun. There was no sign of a holiday minimalist*. In spite of the icy, inclement weather that cancelled many Christmas celebrations, only one guest couldn't make it. Good thing or we would have had a lot of New Orleans Creole/Southern food left over.
The lesson: It was certainly an excessive Christmas celebration and fun as well.
*Previous post: Minimizing the Holidays
**Previous post: The Holiday Elves
***Previous post: The Holiday Dictator