Merry Christmas 2013

This Christmas is as white as Christmases come. With fresh snow still falling, it really is pretty outside. That snowy landscape is best viewed from the comfort of the warm interior of your home by a nice roaring fire.

Merry Christmas 2013

Every year our celebration starts with Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at church to commemorate Christ as the Light of World. He is the reason for the season. There is no Christmas without Christ.

Merry Christmas 2013

After the service, we get home in time to finish preparing the rest of the Christmas dinner and to receive our guests for the evening.

Merry Christmas 2013

This year, I decided on a bunch of appetizers and starters. I found these really cute picks which I thought would make a lovely presentation for these Prosciutto Wrapped Melon.

Merry Christmas 2013

I also found some lovely cocktail serving glasses at a second hand store which I used for this Shrimp Cocktail.

Merry Christmas 2013

For the main course, we had Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb with a Yogurt Mint Sauce to go with it. We had two side dishes of Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Mayo and Israeli Couscous with Cranberries. It was all very delectable. Recipes will be posted in the days ahead.

Merry Christmas 2013

After dinner we adjourned downstairs for dessert by the fire.

Merry Christmas 2013

Christmas morning is for opening presents (this is so that we can build up anticipation in the kids). I am sure they slept well through the night. ;)

Merry Christmas 2013

The temperature today is in the mid 20′s which is perfect for skating. Since most people are away, we had the lake pretty much to ourselves. Here I am sporting my new snowboarding jacket from hubby. :)

Merry Christmas 2013

Wishing you all a very BLESSED and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Shortbread Stamped Cookies

Biren