Our dinner on the 23rd was always a special meal. My mother used her fine china, crystal, and silverware only once a year, and this was the night. My mother prepared the meal, which began with shrimp cocktails and salads, then we usually had Cornish game hens, various vegetables, and real yeast rolls. Dessert was usually a homemade cheesecake. While my mother prepared the meal, my sister and I were to set the table. She would get out the Auburn Extension Cookbook which had the diagram above for setting the table, and my sister and I had to have it just perfect. We always had the meal by candlelight, and when we were finished, we then were able to sit in the living room, which was next to the dining room, and open presents (These were the presents that Santa was not going to bring us; Santa always brought the big stuff).
Since my sister has been married, we have move this tradition to Christmas Night, which seems more appropriate anyway. So what family traditions do you cherish the memories of?