Our weekend was filled with Christmas activities. Both Patrick and I had Friday off, so we spent Christmas Eve Day cleaning and getting ready for our Christmas parties. On Christmas Eve we went to our church for the Christmas Eve service. After the service we came home and made Chicken Parmesan for dinner and opened our gifts to each other.
On Christmas Day we headed to my parents' house to celebrate Christmas with my mom's family. I brought this Mac and Cheese to go with the pork loin and oyster stew.
We left my parents' house pretty early since we were hosting two events the next day. On our way home we went and checked out this amazing light display off Hwy 77 and Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington .
The next day we hosted two events. My immediate family Christmas for brunch and a gift exchange. And then at 2pm we were hosted my dad's entire family for the extended family Christmas. For brunch I made a Ham and Cheese Egg Strata that I have made a few times before and my mom brought cinnamon rolls.
After brunch and the gift opening the extended family appeared. I did a count afterward and we ended up having 38 people over. With the large number of people it ended up going much smoother than I expected. We served cheesy chicken and barbeque chicken sandwiches. Everyone else brought plenty of other appetizers and desserts, so we did not go hungry.