Christmas traditions were changed this year, some out of need, some out of want, but like life itself, things change. Christmas Eve was always spent at my daughter's home with a beautiful dinner followed by the unwrapping of family presents (Santa still came over-night, eventho the "kids" are 18 - 21 - 25). This year I had the Christmas Eve Dinner with Lisa and Sam and Bailey & Brie. Brandon and Hilary drove to Michigan to be with her parents for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Since I don't do much cooking any more, I had to put on the cooking hat (not really, just a metaphor) and prepare a meal worthy of Christmas Eve. And I must say, it was rather delicious. Pork Tenderloin in the crock pot that came out fall-apart delicious, wild-rice, Trader Joe's really, thin french green beans, and winter salad with dried cranberries, pears, apples, cashews, and a home-made poppy seed dressing. It was a palatal paradise if I do say so. For dessert, Peppermint Ice Cream with hot chocolate sauce and Peppermint sugar cookies....swoon per spoonful.
The Christmas table...donned in red's, greens, checks, polka dots, and floating cranberries....a few of my favorite things.
After eating and playing a new game...."Apples to Apples" but a newer version than the original, they left, with plans to re-group at Lisa's on Christmas Day.
Christmas Day brought with it sunshine and warmer temps than we have had here in years. No snow, which seems so different than our usual weather for Christmas, but there is always a good news and bad news to this....bad news - no white Christmas, good news - no white Christmas which means no worries with driving in the slippery stuff. So off to Lisa's I drove with a car full of presents but no 8 tiny reindeer, just a 185 horsepower engine in my CRV that I have so mistreated this past year....but NO more.