Christmas Eve we were treated to a wonderful tradition of "Les Treize desserts " (13 desserts) by the Bruzzone family. The thirteen desserts are used in celebrating Christmas region of Provence. They represent Jesus and His apostles. The desserts always number thirteen but the exact items vary by local or familial tradition. The food traditionally is set out Christmas Eve and remains on the table three days until December 27th.
As you can see there was plenty, and I'm not sure that we got to sample all thirteen but we did our best. There were raisins, dates, and other assorted dried fruits, nuts, fresh tangerines and some that were cooked for hours in sugar whole that was by far the sweetest thing I've ever eaten in my life! There was pastries, pompes a l'huile and on and on!
Then on Christmas morning Abigail played Santa and handed out all the gifts, sometimes as you see taking more at one time than she should. She was so excited this year and actually more about watching our reactions to the gifts she'd gotten us and not necessarily about receiving gifts! She is getting to be such a big girl!