Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Unwrapped

I do believe I had the most relaxing Christmas ever yesterday. It was just my husband, me, and my daughter. Hubby made a nice dinner of turkey (which he slow-cooked and the meat literally fell off the bone!), mashed potatoes, stuffing, and apple pie for dessert. We opened presents and of course, I got some terrific gifts - lots of Snoopy stuff, Ian McEwan's Atonement, a scent diffuser, a special picture of my grandmother and I taken when I was little, and other assorted goodies. Since my brother just returned from his vacation yesterday, we're having Christmas tonight at my mom's house - so there will be a few more gifts to open.

For the rest of the day, we watched movies - I think four in all. I sat on the couch pretty much all day. And normally this would drive me nuts - I can't sit still that long - but yesterday, it was just fine. I missed my family back home, but at the same time, it was nice not to have to pile the kids into the car and drive for five hours. If I only had access to a private jet plane...

The cats didn't disturb the tree on Christmas Eve, bless their little hearts, but they must have figured the time had come to make a mess of it again last night. I woke up to ornaments on the floor, branches skewed, and ribbon falling off. They looked pretty pleased with themselves. I just sighed and ignored the mess for when I come home from work.

And how was your Christmas?


  1. They just wanted to show how industrious they are when you're at work! They work, too! ;)

  2. I spent part of my couch time yesterday finishing Atonement. (I got it as a gift a couple of years ago, but only just now got around to reading it.) As a reader, I was hooked all the way through. As a writer, I'm in awe. MacEwan is brilliant.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!

  3. Scott and I (and the two animals) had a lovely Christmas. My heart nearly skipped a beat when I read you got Atonement as a gift. I'm with Christine. I read On Chesil Beach and I loved it and ever since I finished Atonement, I've been going around telling everyone that I think Ian McEwan is the greatest living writer in English. I think you're going to love it.

  4. Hi, Melissa

    Glad to hear you had such a nice, relaxing Christmas. Those quiet, uneventful ones can be the best. That festive feast sounded absolutely delicious. Didn't you kind of figure that the cats were just saving up to do some bad after the holiday?

  5. THe best part must have been having hubby cook dinner!! That would have been the best present for me, especially if clean up was thrown in.

    Sounded great - nice that you had such a relaxing day. You deserved it!


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