It was another international Christmas Eve for our family recognizing the 14th country or region since we started this wacky tradition. This year it was Canada.
With our three adult children married and with our now having five grandchildren, we are flexible with our dates. As we have done for the past couple of years, we pretended Christmas Eve was Dec. 26th and Christmas Day the 27th.
It was our 15th time to do it, but a few years ago, for our tenth year, we had a "festival of nations" in which we celebrated the nine previous countries. So, this was our 14th country.
Here is the rundown, going back to our first year, 2008:
2008 -- Mexico
2009 -- Italy
2010 -- Greece
2011 -- Asian
2012 -- France
2013 -- Caribbean
2014 -- Germany
2015 -- England
2016 -- Brazil
2017 -- Festival of Nations
2018 -- India
2019 -- Cuba
2020 -- Australia
2021 -- Ireland
2022 -- Canada
Canada was great. We started with poutine, which Wife said was the recipe that popped up most often when she searched for native Canada dishes. It's French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy and although I politely refused, I pulled out some of the fries, which we made ourselves, and they were delicious.
As usual, we started with appetizers and drinks in the entry hall. This included the poutine, Labatt Blue beer and a signature drink Wife prepared.
For the main meal in the dining room (see below), we had lobster rolls, a mixed vegetable dish called hodgepodge, Canadian baked beans and a pita sandwich for which Wife made an intricate meat mixture. There were a couple of delicious desserts.
Dress was heavy toward the "Canadian tuxedo," which is denim on bottom and top. And of course, the dining room was decorated in a Canadian theme.
It was another great time, and we'll soon start thinking about next year.