I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Ours typically stretches out for two days, and everyone enjoys every minute of it. Personally, while I enjoy it, I'm only too happy to collapse in bed for about 12 hours around midnight on Christmas. I guess that's the price of making sure everyone has a wonderful holiday. Would you like a glimpse of the grandest celebration in our little corner of the world?
Christmas Eve the little boys made a gingerbread train. We bake our own, using Pampered Chef molds. The last time I knew, these were no longer in production; I bought the train and house molds from a sister of a Pampered Chef consultant I knew in New Jersey. My boys have gotten immense enjoyment from them.
Also on Christmas Eve, the kids exchange their presents with each other. My little guy's favorite present was his Tom Brady jersey and Patriots cap. I am thankful to say that he hasn't exactly LIVED in them; he's only worn them while watching football games on TV. This gives me the opportunity to wander through the room and bother the boys by asking where Long Hair #11 and that Troy dude are. I know they aren't on the same team, and their teams are never on TV when I ask the question. I just like to be obtuse.
Even though they're all pretty old, I still play the Santa game. I have some pretty big elves help me set up on Christmas Eve.
If Paula's reading, she can note that the beautiful stocking she sent me last year is right up there with those belonging to the kids. The Pampered Chef was good for stocking stuffers!
Everyone sits for Christmas morning brunch. My special Christmas punch is added in the morning.
Thor sits in the middle of the present opening, of course. After a while, he gets tired of the wrapping paper and leaves the room.
Even little Cinnamon came to play in the paper after most of the feet had left the room.
20 pounds of standing rib roast looks like this when carved, and, of course, artfully arranged with spinach leaves around the perimeter of the platter.
Mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, green beans, spinach and punch rounded out dinner.
And now you see why I collapse at the end of the two days!