This year, Christmas snuck upon us. So did Halloween. And so did Thanksgiving. I guess a hurricane can mess up the schedule of things. And so, even though we don’t have one Christmas decoration in our home this year and didn’t plan a big party like I’ve done over the last 10+ years, we have been savoring the small bits of Christmas that we have had so far. And it’s been wonderful…
The Nutcracker. We got to see The Nutcracker in Brooklyn at BAM by the American Ballet Theatre. We loved it! We got “partial view” tickets near the front for a very cheap price. I totally recommend those seats! You won’t miss much at all. And you’ll get a close-up view of the cutest little mouse that won the audience over.
Satsumas! This is a Christmas tradition we love. We can’t get enough of them. We’ve been replenishing bowls of these for a couple of weeks.
Salsa Party. In lieu of a larger party, we invited a few friends on our block and around the corner for a salsa tasting. Danny made his amazing salsas (from this book, of course!), our friends made some really good salsas, too, and we served Mexican hot chocolate. If I had been getting fancy, I would have served tamales, too. But keeping it simple was just fine by me.
Tapas Party. We went to our second Tapas Party and it was just as amazing as ever. For two years in a row, our friends have hosted this dressy party and it’s the best we’ve ever been to. We’re talking 44 people around ONE table on the parlor floor of a brownstone. That is one amazing feat, let me tell you.
Much love to all of you,
Danny & Mara
P.S. I am starting to collect Christmas tradition ideas. This part of my life has been a little delayed since it seems more traditions kick in when you have children. I would LOVE to hear of some of your traditions! This is one tradition I think is so sweet.