Marathon Christmas Eve

Even before this day starts I know it’s going to be hectic.  I’ll be up early to get ready for the long day ahead.

First stop will be Weight Watchers.  I’ve been working hard all week and I’m hoping for a positive result.  I’ll be glad to see all of my friends there and share our hopes for the Holiday. 

And then the marathon will start.  For the past few years, Christmas Eve really has become a marathon of sorts…the eating sort!

Right after WW, Gail, Alice, Ralph and I will be off to breakfast.  That’s been a tradition for quite a few years.  Our trouble this year will be the diner where we usually go.  Another nearby diner is closed for renovations.  Last Saturday, on a regular day, it was almost impossible to get a parking place and a table.  I can only imagine what it will be like on Christmas Eve.  We may have to discuss an alternative.

At about 3pm, we’ll be meeting Ralph’s son, Bill and his sons Alex and Patrick for a late lunch.  This has also become a tradition and it’s one that we enjoy very much.  Now that I think about it, Christmas Eve has become a diner tour because we’ll be at another diner for lunch!  I’ll be doing my best to be on track with the choices I make at both meals.

Then at about 7pm, we travel the long distance (around the corner…just kidding!) to my sister Ele’s house.  That’s were all of the presents and food will really happen.  I should have all of the wrapping done by then.  I’m looking forward to it and I think I may even have a little wine since Ralph and I don’t have to worry about driving very far.  An assortment of family and friends assemble there and it is usually great fun.

Finally, I want to share with all of you what I’ve been taunting you all with the last week or so.  Without further fanfare, here is our 2011 Christmas Card.

I posted this larger than I usually post photos so that you could see the detail.  Ralph really is amazing with his artwork.  He always says I’m prejudiced, but I really don’t think so.  I think this is pretty fantastic.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve and I’ll catch up with all of you on Christmas morning to let you know how I did surviving the marathon.

Happy Christmas Eve!!

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5 responses to “Marathon Christmas Eve

  1. Have a wonderful Christmas eve, Fran! Go, Jersey diners!

  2. That’s so cute. And I love the Christmas breakfast tradition! Enjoy it all!

  3. You are most certainly not a subjective viewer–that card is fabulous! Yet again, Ralph has so much talent! Love the card.

    And I hope you survived that marathon (and wow, yeah, definitely a marathon) and are having a very Merry Christmas!

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