I hope your day has been peaceful and full of joy.
Our Christmas Eve dinner was outstanding. Nicholas made salmon molé, smoky black beans, and veggies. The cats were extremely interested in our dinner plates, because they think salmon is God’s gift to kittykind. Buddy, on the other hand, sat pathetically in front of us, smelling something WONDERFUL but not really knowing where it was, who had it, or how best to beg for it. (It was the ham hock bone in the beans.)
We watched the Jim Carrey version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and I don’t know if this version was edited differently from the one we saw in the U.S., but it was somehow funnier this time. Great fun, and every time the dog Max would bark onscreen, Buddy would look around expectantly. Maybe he was hoping we would get him a puppy for Christmas.
And this morning…
I woke to sounds of someone re-arranging the presents under the tree…only to get up and discover that Santa had been here!
I dressed up in my One Good Dress, a black velveteen number, put on my sparkly oversized star necklace, and went downstairs to give Sir Nick–MY Sir Nick, not THE Sir Nick–a Christmas smooch.
He made buttermilk cinnamon french toast for breakfast, using a baguette from our local bakery and some super-dark maple syrup we’d been saving. Oh, and fresh pears and grapes on the side. Dude definitely knows how to put on a lovely meal.
Then it was time to destroy, er, unwrap…all of Santa’s hard work.
We gave Buddy a heated ortho bed. That got the full three paws up. (He’s a tripod. Three is as high as he goes.)
The cats got a bag of treats so yummy that Tim felt compelled to try and get into the bag himself.
Buddy also got some chewies.
Nicholas Santa had wrapped them, and I brought Buddy over to get him to watch me unwrap his gifts. Partway into the first package of tasties, his nose started quivering and he began licking the wrapping paper. After I gave him one of the treats, his eyebrows went up, and he decided that all the gifts must be for him. So he started sniffling under the tree, around the piles of wrapping paper, licking each package that made its way into my hands.
Dogsbody is apparently trying to tell me he ain’t so dumb after all.
The rest of our presents have been opened, and tomorrow I’ll show you more pics of the fun. We spent quite a bit of time after gift-ripping time making phone calls to family and loved ones, picking up the shredded paper, and preparing Christmas dinner (homemade pizza!). It’s now time to sit down with Nicholas and rest after a very full, very fun day doing all the little things that make Christmas so lovely.
We might even play a game tonight. Nicholas got me this:
It the Lego Ramses Pyramid board game. I had no idea Lego made board games. This one has little itty bitty Lego MUMMIES in it. Totally a WIN for Sir Nick’s present-choosing powers.
Oh, and tomorrow I will tell you what was in the Box O’ Huge.
For now, it’s time for Christmas pizza. A blessed evening to all of you, whatever you may be doing today.
Today’s Random Good
Merry Wintertide from everyone at our house to everyone at your house.
Who’s in the mirror? click to embiggen
Deep winter peace,
warmth of love near at hand,
promise of hope to come…
Joy and Gratitude aboundeth.