We spent Christmas Eve catching up, wrapping presents and visiting with family. I grew up Catholic so every Christmas Eve we go to Midnight Mass. The last few years, we have attended Midnight Mass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in downtown Savannah. This church is absolutely beautiful. Locals and tourists from near and far come to the Christmas Eve Mass each year. The service starts at midnight but we get there around 10:15pm and wait for the doors to open to secure our seats. It's standing room only by 11:30pm every year. As always, the message was beautiful and full of the Christmas spirit. By 2am we were on our way home and in bed by 3am.
|Downtown Savannah Christmas Decorations-Broughton Street|
|The Alter...these pictures don't do this Cathedral justice.|
|Another view of the Alter with a huge Nativity Scene on the right. I wish I could capture all the beauty in this church.|
Christmas morning comes a little late around our house because of Midnight Mass. We started stirring mid morning and my mom and I immediately started our journey in the kitchen. We always make a breakfast casserole for starters, a cheese plate with cured meats for lunch and after presents, we start preparing Christmas dinner.
In years past, we've always had a Christmas dinner that was very similar to our Thanksgiving dinner. This year we decided to spice it up a bit and try something a little different. My mom has been wanting to try a standing rib roast for a while now, so we decided to give it a whirl!
It was quite the experience, to say the least. The meat has to sit out undisturbed for six hours prior to going into the oven. Then it cooks for one hour at 550 degrees. After an hour, turn the oven off and do not open it for two hours. About half way through, my mom and I started getting a little skeptical of the recipe but decided to stay the course and have faith. It turned out beautifully! It was cooked nicely on the outside and the inside was juicy and pink. It was perfect! Take a look at the journey...
|Rib Roast resting...|
|Seasoned with Garlic Pepper, Meat Magic, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper|
|Ready to go into the oven...|
|Our Main Dishes|
|Carved Prime Rib with homemade horseradish sauce|
|Green Beans with Lemon Pepper|
|My Cookie Tree Centerpiece...homemade sugar cookies with homemade icing!|
|Mom and Dad's coastal Christmas Tree 2011|
More holiday recaps to come. Stay tuned...