Well it's over. All the excitement and preparations done and over.
I don't know about you, but I always feel a bit sad the day after
Christmas. I think I will take up the British tradition of Boxing Day
to cheer me up.
We had such a fun day at home yesterday. Our first Christmas in our
new house. The tree was fabulous (thank you David for selecting such
a huge one) and we really enjoyed it's glow all Christmas eve and
Christmas day. I will say though that I am dreading having to take it
down. But as I was saying, I am feeling a bit blue today. I have so
enjoyed all the prep work and all of the Christmas movies I so
dearly love. I watched Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (that
one is special to me because it has so many scenes of where I grew up),
White Christmas, The Man Who Came for Dinner, The Bishop's Wife
( original with Cary Grant and Loretta Young) and other vintage flicks
along with the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. The radio in
the kitchen was tuned to Christmas music 24/7. I am a self professed
Christmas junkie. Love everything about it.
So the presents are all unwrapped and everyone is basking in the gift
giving glow. We had our first fire in the fireplace despite the fact that it
felt like spring outside. I was going to burn some mesquite, but the chimney
sweep warned me against that because it burns to hot. So until we get
a cord of oak delivered, I burned one of those artificial logs. Does anyone
remember the old Mary Tyler Moore episode where Lou Grant took
home an artificial log to burn in the fire? I am sure my sister Robin does!
We had our traditional cheese fondu again this year. HEB does not sell any of the pre-made
packages, so I made my own. Wow what a difference! I can't believe I have never ever
made it before. It's easy and it tastes so much better. I will have to share the recipe
with you. I served the fondu on the tea table in front of the fire. It was cozy!
I spent all day Monday baking Christmas cookies and we hand delivered them to many
of our new neighbors. Sometimes I think I should have gone to culinary school
because I really like to feed people. I am not Jewish, but I could easily be a Jewish
mother. You will often hear the phrases ~ "Are you hungry?" "Can I make you
a sandwich?" "How about a big bowl of homemade soup?" Especially soup.
I love to wrap everyone up in a quilt on a chilly day too. I was born to nurture.
My hubby is a spoiled baby and you know Bentley is too.
I enjoyed baking the cookies, but I don't eat them. I really am not that crazy
about sweets. I am a savory lover. My next door neighbor Katherine sent over
a plate of little meat pies and I ate the lion share of them. I am fortunate because
both my Mom and David go for the cookies leaving more of the little meat pies
for me. That's good because I really did not want to have to share.
Oh and we started a new Christmas Eve tradition in our house. Our new
friend Bridget delivered so home made tamales to us. Some of them were
spinach and feta, some cheese and some traditional. They were fabulous!
David smoked some ribs and chicken and I made a pot of beans and we
had a huge south Texas feast. Thank you dear Bridget for the tamales
and for introducing us to an new Christmas Ever tradition!
So after all that fun I am feeling a bit sad that it's all over. No worries
though. I am not the type to stay sad for long. I have plans! I pulled
out my sewing machine and set it up in my studio. The thought of sewing
puts a smile on my face. And I am planning a garden for the spring and
knowing south Texas, spring will be here before long. And besides
that, with the few hours left of this day I should google Boxing Day
and find out just what I should be doing today.
Bentley and I both hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family
and friends and that you are not too sad today. And if you are, well
then stop by tomorrow and we will do our best to cheer you up!
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley