My wife, Kathleen, and I have been hosting Christmas Eve since long before we were married. Our house is filled with family and friends and Kathleen makes just about all of the food which includes her unbelievable fish soup. I can’t share the recipe, but I can say that it has five different kinds of fish and seafood including snapper, halibut, cod, shrimp, and scallops. We’ll go to mass, head back home, and with the arrival of our first guests, the party begins. “Santa” arrives to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and brings a gift for each of the kids. Under the tree are presents for everyone, but they can’t choose a gift until they sing a Christmas song. The evening is filled with games and singing with great food and fun.
Every year our entire family looks forward to this night and when it’s over, we still have the excitement and anticipation of the real Santa’s arrival in just a few short hours.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!