They say that X is for the unknown factor, so I never normally use this term for Christmas. But I am wimping out over the letter X, but only to a certain degree because X is probably an unknown factor about me that most of you don't know. My birthday is Christmas Day. I turned 74. So here is my Christmas/birthday picture to celebrate:
Our beautiful Christmas centerpiece, but surrounded by all my birthday cards!
The first thing I am usually asked is, "Do you get two presents -- one for birthday and one for Christmas?' My answer is a resounding "Yes!". As far as I can remember I always have. In fact I think it was harder on my brother than on me because when he was younger he didn't understand why I always got more presents than him at Christmas time.
We had a wonderful Christmas/ birthday. I even cooked a turkey dinner -- which I think will be for the last time. My oldest son and his family came over. My youngest son called from Boise. Everything went very smoothly except....
.... the kitchen sink backed up and the cat threw up.!!! We had to leave all the dishes and pots and pans until we could call a plumber the next day. The blessing behind all this is that I had totally finished cooking and was putting everything on the table when the drain gave up. The cat has now thrown up for three days in a row so we're wondering if he has found some nibbles somewhere. He doesn't eat people food for exactly that reason.
Just a couple of family photos to finish:
We had roast turkey and gravy, roast potatoes and carrots done around the roast, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, my special version of cranberry jelly, salad and bread rolls, and Martinelli's apple cider. Dessert was my chocolate chip brownies and Harry and David's sweet, sweet, juicy pears.
Please forgive my bragging, but all year long I tell everyone that I don't cook or bake, which I don't -- unless I have to, but I can if it's for a special occasion.
SO I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL XMAS.
(I'm sure you all know that the first letter of Christmas is, in the Greek, the letter Chi which looks like an elongated X so I didn't wimp out on my convictions too much.)
This entry for the letter X is part of ABC Wednesday, Mrs. Nesbitt's highly entertaining and educational project. Please click on this LINK to see more.