Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

We have had a quiet and happy Christmas up here on the hill.  The girls slept all the way until 8 AM before they awoke and thundered up the stairs to join JP and I in our bed.

This pre-presents photo shows the difference in personalities between the girls.  L is already dressed in her Christmas finest, with her hair done.  J wished to open presents in her PJs.

Here are a couple of the things they wished for this year - J, a new bathrobe, and L, a 'coon skin cap!

We also got a set of Roald Dahl books, and have begun reading "The Witches" aloud already.  The big family item was a telescope, which we were hoping to try out by visualizing the proximity of Jupiter and the Moon tonight.  The weather, however, did not cooperate.

Mom and Dad came over to celebrate with us this afternoon.  This is a sampling of our feast (clockwise from top):  Roast Beef Tenderloin with Herb Compound Butter, my Mom's scalloped potatoes, Oven Risotto, steamed asparagus with Mornay Sauce, and Mom's jello Ribbon Salad.  Most of our entrees came directly from the pages of America's Test Kitchen Cookbook.

After dinner, the girls and I played Christmas songs on the piano and violin, and we played wii together, before squeezing in one last Christmas Movie (Grinch) tonight.

L pulled me aside and whispered in my ear this evening, "You know we have been eating a LOT of chocolate and watching a LOT of movies lately." 

"It's ok."  I told her.  "We only do this at Christmas time.  Isn't it fun?"

From our home on the hill to yours, Merry Christmas, and may you enjoy for this short time, all the excesses and extravagances you can cram in!

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