Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Those Two and Their Traditions

This year will be the seventh that my husband and I have Christmas Eve dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant, Ferrari’s Italian Villa, in Addison.  It is where he took me on one of our first dates, and I immediately fell in love…with the restaurant.  Aside from the exquisite food, the ambience and people are equally delightful.  Every time a guest walks in, the owners, Francesco, or his wife, Jane, greet you at the door.  He always kisses my hand, and she hugs me and kisses me on the cheek—it’s like you are part of the family and they’re welcoming you home.

In their main dining room, they have a large, white Christmas tree decorated all in red that hangs upside down from the high ceiling and slowly rotates.  This is what stood out most to me the first year we went for Christmas Eve dinner—I had never seen that anyplace else.

Last year was the first time that we invited a couple of our closest friends to join us; up until then, we had always gone alone for one last quiet date night before the madness of the Christmas and New Year’s rush.  It truly added to our enjoyment of an evening we always look forward to, to now share with our dear friends, and I would love to make it part of our annual ritual this year and hopefully for many years to come.

We were last there around our anniversary in October, and as we said our goodbyes to Jane, I said on our way out the door, “Thank you!  We’ll see you on Christmas Eve!” and I heard her say to some entering patrons as the door was closing, “Those two and their traditions…”

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