Tom's tradition for Christmas Eve is sausage and sauerkraut. Here it is cooking (the sausage is reflected in the sauerkraut pot). Once on the table, it looked like a lot of sausage -- and it was. We enjoyed some Kona Brewing Company beer as well -- reminding us of our times on the Big Island. There's also lots of Lebkuchen waiting for us.
Earlier in the day, we visited the Terra Cotta Warriors at the National Geographic Society and walked to the White House to see the Christmas tree and Santa's workshop.
After dinner, Miriam and Alice gave and received a number of gifts. Among them were four puppets from the Augsburger Puppenkiste: der Lowe, Princess Li Si, Ursel the baby dragon, and Mikesch the cat.