Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas to All
The turkey is brining, preparing for the pan. The pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce are next. (Hint - if you want to tweak your cranberry sauce try substituting orange juice for the water and, as it cools, adding the zest of one navel orange.)
Christmas will be much different this year. Just one gift each. And, no, that doesn't mean a Porsche 911. Under a hundred bucks. I told my kids no presents for me this year. It's too much of a nuisance to conjure up something I really need much less want for - oh, other than that Porsche 911.
And the tree is different this year. For the past 30+ years I have been an avid collector of Christmas ornaments from around the world. Most of it is really amazing quality, hand made stuff. A lot of it is anything but inexpensive. I have eight of those huge Rubbermaid containers full of these ornaments, each bauble carefully wrapped and stored in its original box.
This year we chose just three of those containers at random and chose to use just some of the ornaments within them. The tree looks great. My children have dibs on the ornaments. Maybe it's time to begin doling them out.
Although I have long since parted company with the Church, I still have a powerful bond to the season, the friends and family part of it at least. I think this year, less is going to be much more.
Merry Christmas to All.