Home for Christmas

by chuckofish

I’m happy to say that the gang is all here. Sons James and Chris arrived yesterday — boisterously and with wonderful goodies baked by Chris’s girlfriend, Nicole. I should have taken pictures, but for some reason the cat, Evelyn, seems to get all my attention. She’s very sweet and well behaved.

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She’s not a cuddler or a climber (yet); rather, she’s a hunter, who loves to chase the red dot of a laser pointer all over the house. She’s very fast, but also so coordinated that she doesn’t knock things over — even the Christmas Lego! Being a kitten, however, she gets tired out by all the stimulation and has to take frequent naps.

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Come to think of it, I could use frequent naps myself — all this socializing (not to mention cooking, cleaning and kitty-watching) wears me out.

Last night for dinner we had a family favorite, stew,  along with Nicole’s delicious spring onion challah, which was so good that we ate the whole thing in one sitting.

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After dinner we watched “White Christmas”, my first Christmas movie of the year. I hadn’t seen it in a while and I must say that I loved it as much as ever. Sure, it has superb music and dancing, but IMHO the script is what makes it so great.  We laughed out loud a lot and ended the evening much more in the Christmas spirit than we began it.

Today we’ll do the last minute wrapping and normal Christmas Eve festivities, including church, and before we know it, it will be Christmas.  As we all open our presents, stuff ourselves with yummy food, and imbibe our Christmas cheer, let’s remember this:

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”
― Sigrid Undset

Merry Christmas everyone!!