Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011 (Day 270) — Christmas Eve

Both of my brothers will be here tonight from the east coast. All of Jenn’s family is here. Say what you will about the modern state of Christmas, I’m still thankful that it brings together those I love and (unfortunately) don’t get to see that often anymore. I’ve gotten older, gotten married, started a family. My brothers have moved on, taken different paths to great success. I’m still close to my parents and to my in-laws. And while it’s not Christmas Day until tomorrow, Christmas Eve has actually held a warmer spot in my heart.

You see, while a child, my family always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. The good news — so does Jenn’s family. That means we get to split the Christmas Eve evening with our immediate families, enjoying the closeness and camaraderie. So, bitch about the over commercialization of Christmas all you like (I know I’ve done it plenty), but I’m always thrilled to see those I love all in one place. Sure, the presents are great. But, it truly is the love and warmth you feel.

Christmas Eve also means lots of egg nog, champagne, whiskey, and naps.


This cocktail looks to grab just a little bit of that elation we happen to feel on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve

  • 1.5 oz Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps
  • Brut champagne (or extra dry) to top

Combine the ingredients in a tall martini glass and serve.

The gold in the Goldschlager will give you all the garnish you need. It’s a beautifully sparkling Christmas Eve tipple to be enjoyed.


— Mark

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