We had a very nice Christmas.
We had 9 people staying over, which was a bit more than usual, but we got through it without any fights or problems. We ended up doing our usual surf and turf Christmas dinner, and I didn’t overcook or undercook the prime rib, which was a miracle.
I had to pay my bread roll tax, however. Thanks to the spectacular bread machine, I have become very proficient with various artisan breads. I use the machine to make the dough, and then I bake everything in the oven. French bread, ciabatta, wheat bread, if it’s rustic, I’ve got it covered.
The bread rolls are my kryptonite. No matter how hard I try, they do no turn out. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the holiday tax I must pay to the universe, so I faithfully make them and then serve the Hawaiian rolls I bought as a back up.
Special mentions must be made to Kid 1’s delicious mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and her sweet potato casserole, which were smashing hits.
Also, the whole smoked turkey from Sams went over really well. It was delicious and not dry at all.
Everyone socialized and played games. There was a lot of talking and warmth. And of course, there were gifts.
I had requested a smaller Christmas this year. My wishes were soundly ignored. I’m now a proud owner of creams, masks, and perfume from my children. They bought me yarn and an incense burner, which almost made me cry. When I was in my twenties, I used to really love the cheap dragon-shaped, cheesy looking incense burners, and they would always end up destroyed somehow until I finally gave up on them. Kid 2 remembered, and she and her guy bought me one just like it.
Gordon got me something special, too. I really love it, but I’m going to keep it to myself. Heh.
This year people sent us gifts baskets. Some were from friends and family – Jeaniene Frost sent me a massive amount of nuts, and I’m low key wondering if she’s trying to tell me something – but some we didn’t recognize. Here is a picture of some of the loot.
Thank you so much. We really appreciate it. In the future though, unless you are friends, family, or a publishing professional, please don’t send us goodies. We can’t reciprocate and it makes us feel guilty. Thank you for respecting out wishes.
Well, this concludes our Christmas post. The house is almost back to normal. Guests are mostly departed, and we will be back to work shortly. We have a week until New Year to sort out the bag calamity, get the Kate series Bible to GA, and plan the work schedule for the next few months.