Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Evening in Bethlehem - Family Style

It's one of our favorite family traditions,
and happens once a year at Christmastime.
Family gathers
for a fun and somewhat crazy
evening "in Bethlehem".

Mid-Eastern Cuisine is served.

Potato Latkes

6 large potatoes

1 medium onion

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup flour

Grate potatoes (preferably by hand). Remove excess liquid. Mix in other ingredients. Fry small spoonfuls until golden brown. Drain and serve hot.

Mediterranean Pita Sandwiches

1 and 1/4 pounds ground turkey

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried mint

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine ingredients, mix well, shape into 1 and 1/4 inch meatballs. In a sprayed skillet, cook meatballs for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Place 3 meatballs into pita half and top with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cucumber dressing.

And after dinner, a family Nativity pageant...
This year, we drew our parts from "a hat".
One Narrator and One Photographer.

With Joseph and Baby Jesus.

Keeping watch over their flocks.
(This little shepherd was very tired, and rode her sheep to Bethlehem.)

And angels
declaring Tidings of Great Joy. (Don't even ask about David...)

It is our family's way of experiencing
the magic
that is Christmas.

1 comment:

  1. That looks like so much fun! What a great tradition. Merry Christmas to your fast-growing family :)