My Mom, who cannot bear for people to not eat well or starve, brought "Christmas" food a few weekends before Christmas so I would have something to serve to company (things I have not yet learned how to make -- like perogies, cabbage rolls, nalysnysky, homemade salsa, etc). Once again, my Mom's "Catering from Afar" food did not disappoint. Mom is one of the best cooks in our family.
Before we were married, Hubs and I celebrated the same traditions for Christmas as we are both one part Ukrainian. So nothing really changed after we got married -- though we learned early that splitting up the holidays (and the masses) was really the best way to go. Christmas Eve is the big event - someone hosts the meatless supper, everyone goes to Midnight (or earlier) Mass and presents are opened when everyone is there. (As a side note, I played the organ at church on Christmas Eve and attempted some new organ settings with certain songs -- i.e. trumpet -- or "trompette 8" -- it went very well. Relief!!)
Unfortunately, with all that rich eating for days on end came the nasty bloat. Erf. Hubs and I have declared that diets are in order for the New Year and the evil culprit POP will be banished from the house. Back to a mostly veggies and meat diet! Hubs and I try to only have carbs a few times a week.
Hubs bought me the periwinkle scarf, my sister-in-law bought me the hat. I love hats and I have been wearing a different hat over the past few weeks whenever we go out.
Mom and Dad bought me a Downton Abbey calendar. Mom buys calendars for everyone as one of her Christmas gifts, so it's best to tell her which one you want. Hubs received a Star Trek one and he was delighted. I bought Hubs (and myself) the Simon and Garfunkel concert DVD as one of his presents.
We watched a special on PBS a month or so ago about Simon and Garfunkel, "Songs of America", so of course I downloaded about 20 songs from Itunes and have been listening to them ever since. I just love "America" (both the country and the song) - such a good tune (song starts at 0:56 in the video):
Christmas is usually the time to catch up on movies, I must be on a Meg Ryan kick (both pre and post plastic surgery) - first up, "You've Got Mail" and then I made Hubs watch "Kate & Leopold" last night.... Well, he sat next to me on the couch making snarky comments throughout while looking up finance gurus on the internet .... I also watched "Country Strong" with Gwyneth Paltrow. I'm not really a big fan of Gwynnie and one crying scene was a little too Tammy Faye Baker for me with all the mascara running down her face, but I have to say otherwise she was quite good in this movie. Tim McGraw was good too. Playing drunken country girls suits Gwynnie! She spoke about her role in this interview with Sulky Kitten earlier this year.
My Christmas Orchid (king guey) is blooming! Let's hope I can keep this one alive. The last orchid wasn't so successful.
Happy New Year to everyone -- Hubs and I will probably spend a quiet evening at home. Frankly, I am happy this year is almost over -- it's been a tough one for many people.
But instead of dwelling on that, let's raise a virtual glass and toast to a marvellous New Year! Thank you to all of you for reading and commenting. Best to all of you in the New Year!