Thursday, December 25, 2008
It is a lot of buildup that leads to Christmas Day. Getting all the decorations up soon enough to get maximum enjoyment out of them, attending parties and gatherings, seeing all your favorite Christmas movies and TV shows, hearing Christmas songs over and over on the radio. Then there's the baking, something a lot of spark friends have talked about. I didn't bake any cookies of bread this year although in years past I have.
I did cook a lot of non-dietetic things today: oyster stew, deviled eggs, cranberry congealed salad, Cuban sandwiches, artichoke-spinach dip, and cranberry-cherry pie. I didn't eat as much as I might have if hadn't had a houseful of company to wait on. The best part was visiting and opening a few presents together. I don't buy very extravagant presents for family and friends and try to get things people can consume rather than hold on to. My sweet mother gave me a box of her homemade cookies. The trouble is my kids don't help eat them--can you believe my kids don't relish homemade cookies? They don't relish most of my Christmas feast menu and ate corndogs instead! Oh well.
It's warm enough for the kids to play outside barefoot in shorts. They are wearing new holiday clothes though. Fiesty Mama reports deep snow in her neck of the woods--I would love to visit her just for a weekend to enjoy the snow, but I'm honestly glad to live where it never snows. I had to crank up the air conditioning because the cooking made me hot!
Of course like everyone else, I'll get back on the wagon when the holiday hubbub subsides.
Merry Christmas y'all and let's keep on sparking despite holiday setbacks!