This was a smaller Wigilia than the first one I attended in fifth grade, which had included six Szuberts and six Siplons, and expanded even more over the years to encompass growing families and other family friends. Our 2010 celebration consisted of Katrinka, Brian and Tigist, Brian's dad and stepmom, Pat and Kathy, and me.
|Everyone except Brian sitting down to dinner -- Katrinka, Kathy, Pat, Tigist and me --the two other 'regulars', Dave and Pat, were out due to illness|
Before the dinner can begin, the first tradition to be observed is that the youngest child has to find the first star in the sky. That's the sign that the Three Wise Men are on their way to see the Baby Jesus.
|Tigist, wearing her new Tiana princess dress from Grandma Kaye, looking for the first star in the sky|
|A new(ish) tradition -- Ethiopian cups for the toasts at the beginning of each course|
|Brian offering the first toast of the night|
|News flash -- turns out that pickled herring tastes much better than it looks|
|Lots of salty treats -- lox, anchovies, smoked oysters and caviar|
|Lots of butter is the key to the perfectly-fried pierogi|
|Our friend Kelly shared the recipe for apricot tart with my sister some years ago, and it has become another Wigilia tradition|