Yes, we still have those lights up. And the garlands. And those nutcrackers.
I’m just not ready to say goodbye. Or, maybe, we’re not ready to head out into the arctic tundra and take it all down. Yeah, maybe that’s it.
Well, it’s time to put Christmas to bed. It’s my favorite time of the year, but it’s really over. I never did write about our big day. We have the outlaws (aka Grumpy’s side of the family- mine is spread out so far we don’t get to see each other) over on Christmas Eve. Usually I take a day off before the Eve to start preparing. Then they all come over and we have a big sit-down dinner. Always a bit late. If I say we are eating at 4, we eat at 5. Or 6. Always works out that way. Partly the cook- she (that’s me) tends to get distracted with cooking, the comings and goings of the Mass attenders, the wine, and conversation (last year even a skype with our cheeky cousins in Durham, UK).
This year I had to work on the eve until 3:30. That meant getting home at 4:30. Dinner at 6. Serious prep over the weekend. All the desserts ready to go by Sunday evening. Grumpy had to start the roast( which he did well). Veggies prepped and/or quick and easy. It was a busy weekend- but it was the best Christmas! The desserts you see below are: (individual) strawberry cheesecakes, profiteroles (Bailey made these!), turtle cheesecakes, a Bain Marie filled with ice creams,banana caramel cream pies, chocolate-coconut custard pies ( just like at Ted’s Bakery in Hawaii) salted-caramel filled brownies, a vanilla cake (make by Bailey) and some gingerbread men. In the background is also the gingerbread house village.
Below is a better view of the gingerbread house village. I have 5 nephews, four children of my own and we had Bailey’s family (4 more kids) joining us for dessert. There are a couple more houses on standby outside the pic.
Those houses aren’t just for the kids- they are for all of us. The adults may not be decorating them (or then again, some do) but they all benefit from the time those kids spend occupied at the table!
Grumpy ends the evening by putting on a Santa suit and warning the kids that they’d better be asleep in their beds when he gets there “or else!”. Grumpy’s sister Sue looks suitably worried- not!
At the end of the night I found this lovely creation by Avery. I can just picture her, sitting there surrounded by her cousins, expressing herself on confectionery canvas. I just love her.
So that’s it- Christmas is officially wrapped up. Time for me to move on. Maybe we’ll take down those nutcrackers. Or, maybe we’ll do as my friend Rosie suggested: cover them in red garlands and hearts for now. Then green shirts and shamrocks. Then….. or not!