A CAPITAL CHRISTMAS – CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON, DC

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Did you have a wild and crazy New Year’s Eve?   I spent mine on an airplane.

Plane Ride to Madrid

We just returned from Washington, DC where we celebrated Christmas at my son & daughter-in-law’s home.  They wanted to host Christmas for the very first time in their beautiful new abode.

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It was my Granddaughter’s 1st Christmas, so it was only fitting that we have it at her house……

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so things like her first little red wagon……

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and her new chair……

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and her life-size, hugging Elmo didn’t have to be shipped to California and back.

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The gifts I had shipped arrived safe and sound and were placed under the tree, bows nicely fluffed:)

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And the house could not have been more festive and beautiful!

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So it seems the torch is being passed to a new generation.  And new traditions are being forged, while old ones are being remembered.

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The other special thing about celebrating Christmas in DC was that it became an extended family Christmas, with my daughter-in-law’s parents joining us.  It was decided that Christmas Eve would be celebrated southern-style, enjoying the Williams family traditions, (they are from Alabama) and Christmas Day would be celebrated Becker style.

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My son, Nathan, replaced Brad as Bartender……

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and served delicious Elderberry Flower Martinis with southern-style pecan cheese crackers.

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The table was set to perfection for the Williams Family Christmas Eve Feast.

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Our meal started with a delicious Creamy Potato Soup (which I failed to photograph), followed by a refreshing Ambrosia.  I am working on getting the “Secret-Williams-Family-Heirloom-Ambrosia Recipe” and hope to share it with you soon.

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The main course was a beautiful Cornish Game Hen served with Wild Rice, Marinated Broccoli and Roasted Butternut Squash.  It could not have been more delicious.  The best part was that I didn’t lift a finger, something I am not accustomed to at Christmas.  It was particularly delightful to have someone else do all the cooking and then simply sit down and be served such a wonderful feast.  I’m likin’ these new traditions!

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Dessert was a scrumptious Southern Strawberry Trifle, served with Champagne.

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Christmas “Poppers” were popped that contained golden crowns and some surprisingly nice gifts were inside, along with fun games to play.

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And my Granddaughter opened up her Christmas pajamas.

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Finally, we observed a new tradition for the Becker family: the lighting of advent candles. My daughter-in-law’s mother, Julia, read from the advent book and explained the meaning of each candle.

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The evening concluded with a reading by Grandpa Williams of “The Night Before Christmas”  to our Grand-baby.  Right about now, I am wishing I had a time machine that would take me right back to DC for a repeat performance of this wonderful and memorable Christmas Eve.

I hope you enjoyed a very Merry Holiday Season with your family.  Happy 2014!

All opinions expressed in this post are my own.   All photos are the original property of Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com and may not be reproduced without specific permission.

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