Every year on the morning of Christmas Eve I get up early and drive over to Lunardi’s on the other side of town to do my grocery shopping for Christmas dinner. I love lamb, and the whole family loves it too. Lunardi’s has the best butcher shop around, so even though I rarely go there during the year, I make sure and go there to buy the Christmas lamb. You have to get there really early to avoid the long lines — 7:30am usually does the trick.
I also love to make a fruit salad with out-of-season berries like raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, plus honeydew for the green color.
This year was no different, and I had all the shopping done (including a side-trip to Safeway for a few items) and was home by 8:30am.
I had time in the afternoon for a bike ride to the junction on Mt. Diablo. It was a beautiful day!
Another tradition is that we eat Christmas Eve dinner at Karen’s parents’ house. My father-in-law makes superb minestrone soup, and my mother-in-law makes pretzel pie a la mode. We all ate to our heart’s content and had a nice time.
Erik and I stayed up past midnight playing 51st State, which I wrote about the other day.
All ready for Christmas!