My family has a tradition of eating Christmas Eve dinner by the fire, and Josh says he thinks that is one of the best traditions he married into. We always have Fabulous Sausage Dip, pigs in a blanket (cocktail sausages wrapped up in dough), and ambrosia (a fruit salad of oranges, cherries and coconut), often with some other things on the side. This year things were a little nuts and so I forgot the ingredients for the ambrosia and we had to make do with only the dip and the sausages.
The kids didn’t mind about the missing ambrosia because they were totally fascinated by the fire. Making the fire was a bit more time intensive than usual because Jack recently experimented with stuffing books and whatnot into the chimney vents, so Josh had to practically dismantle the entire house to get them out before laying the fire. What a trooper he is.
Speaking of fire, after dinner we went to our church’s candlelight service and I wish I could have gotten photos of Jack with his candle. I would have titled it “Pyromaniac: The Next Generation.”
In case you are wondering, all you have to do to make Fabulous Sausage Dip is brown some spicy breakfast sausage (the kind you crumble up, not the kind in circles or links), drain it, and add 8 ounces of cream cheese and a can of diced tomatoes with chiles. You can keep it warm in a crockpot if you like. It’s fantastic and an excellent thing to bring to Super Bowl parties or whatnot.