My Favorite Party by Rebecca Sicree

My Favorite Party

Rebecca Sicree on Christmas Pizzas, Hospitality & the Best Gift of All

When my son Tom was sixteen, I asked him which of our Christmas traditions he would keep for his own family. He thought for a minute, then answered, "Opening one present on Christmas Eve."

"But we don't do that!" I protested.

"Yeah, but I wish we would."

"Isn't there anything we actually do that you would keep?"

He didn't hesitate. "Pizza on Christmas Eve," he replied.

I never planned on pizza. When I was growing up, my mother always prepared a beautiful roast beef dinn . . .