A lot of the time in the midwest consumerism and patriotism can look a lot alike, and every public holiday is an excuse
… Boxing Day.
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” scans better, frankly. But I will take snow on Boxing Day instead. Frankly, a snowstorm late Christmas Day/early Boxing Day morning was probably for the best, as any earlier and it would have made my family’s drive home a little bit too exciting.
This was the first time ever that John and I hosted anyone for a major holiday – my Parents and Jeff came down from Cleveland and braved our cat-infested household (…allergies…) to spend Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day with us. We have had people over before plenty of times, but never for a major holiday… so I may have gone a bit overboard on the food. I also baked three different kinds of cookies (coconut macaroons, brazil nut cookies, and pizzelles) and John baked several loaves of bread. We had stuff that never even made it out of the fridge and onto the table. Eh… more leftovers for John and myself. I suspect that it will be several days still before we have to actually cook something.
Anyway, I like hosting. It gives me an excuse to break out Grandma’s china and the antique wineglasses.
Christmas Eve dinner was fairly traditional. Mom brought perogies and oplatky (but no sadanka soup) and stollen, and I made tilapia filets. After dinner – card games, scrabble, cheese, crackers, and desserts. Christmas day, after the flurry of present opening, and more card games and scrabble, was turkey and stuffing with root vegetables and sauteed asparagus. Followed by more card games until my folks had to leave for the 4-hour drive back up to Cleveland.
Followed by an evening of relaxing and leftovers and getting immersed in some of those new books.
And the next morning… snow.
We went for a walk to the arboretum, of course. How could we not? Snow!
I got a lot of nice things for Christmas (the sweater that I am wearing now, a GoPro Hero 3 camera, home-made wine, books, a beautiful snow globe…) but honestly, the best thing was having my family down here for the holiday.
And the snow, and getting to walk in the snow and enjoy the beauty and quiet of it all with John.