Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We had a snowy and white (ish - turned mushy in the streets) Christmas Eve. Spent the day at home - shoveling (lots), walking dogs in the wheatfields (a family tradition), cleaning up, and cooking. For Xmas Eve dinner I made hamburgers (bunless of course) seasoned with sea salt and tumeric, along with a mix of fried onions and mushrooms, plus organic spring mix and baby spinach pre-made salad with balsamic vinegar and half a sweet potato.
After dinner we opened presents from my family, which is our tradition. The dogs had a great time chewing up the wrapping paper, especially our pointer-beagle cross "Buddy" who we refer to as "our special child" -- not the brightest dog, but very loving and totally open with what he's feeling. Tonight he was literally like a three-year old playing with the paper until he got tired.
We held a short and good family prayer time after gifts, then finished by watching the "Charlie Brown Christmas" on DVD while drinking hot chocolate. That program really has stood the test of time, as I saw it first came out in 1965! Does anyone remember aluminum trees? Or did anyone notice that they are now selling "Charlie Brown Xmas Trees" for @$20 (Irony? Do these businesses not understand the concept?!).
Tomorrow more presents, and the full-bore Christmas feast. I can't wait!