The Christmas Eve Dinner Tradition Continues – Even On The Road!

Christmas Eve Tradition
24 Dec

I can’t exactly remember how it started, but a long time ago we began a Christmas Eve tradition of preparing and enjoying a special dinner together at home.

The menu has always been the same. A little surf and turf, along with a glass of our favorite wine.

And then we always ended the evening with a slow drive around to take in all of the holiday lights and displays. (See : Christmas at The Farm)

Christmas Eve Dinner Tradition
Although we far from our home and farm this Christmas Eve, we continued on with our Christmas Eve dinner tradition.

For us, it was a way to step back from the hustle, bustle and craziness of the holiday season. No more shopping or decorating. And no more rushing to attend Christmas parties or events.

Just a chance to cook together, and enjoy the Christmas season with a shared meal. Something not even the “best” Christmas gift could ever compare to.

Our annual homemade surf & turf dinner has always been something we both look forward to every Christmas Eve.

So today, although a few thousand miles from home and certainly missing family, friends and the many holiday traditions we are accustomed to, we decided to keep the tradition alive and strong. In a way, to give us a little taste of home.

Making Christmas Dinner In Albuquerque – A Tradition Continues

We were fortunate enough to find a local Albuquerque hotel with a full kitchen. And then we went to work shopping for and then preparing our usual Christmas Eve meal.

Albuquerque is known for their holiday lights and traditions. Including the Old Town Albuquerque luminary lighting on Christmas Eve, which were unfortunately hampered this year by a rain event.

I cannot tell you how much fun we had with it all.

And to keep the entire tradition in tact, we ended the evening with a wonderful drive around Albuquerque to take in all of the holiday lights.

It is for sure one amazing city. In fact, New Mexico has simply overwhelmed us this week with it’s unbelievable beauty. Here is to keeping your traditions alive and well too.

Merry Christmas to all, and Happy Traveling! – Mary and Jim


  • Day 107 of 365
  • States : 14 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 17
  • Stayed In : Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Miles Driven : 256.3
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 11844.4
  • Total Gallons Used : 864.55
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 142.5
  • Hiking Miles : 0.0
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 259.6

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2 thoughts on “The Christmas Eve Dinner Tradition Continues – Even On The Road!

  1. Merry Christmas I had been wondering how you Christmas would be and so glad to hear that you guys had a great day and was able to have your tradition continue. When you come to Maine you can have some fresh from the water “lobstah”.
    Safe travels,
    Anne Redman

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