Friday, January 6, 2012

The holidays are over

and now its back to normal.  Well almost.

We started out the festive season with a family dinner at Montana's.  We have done this for two years now and its a meal where everyone gets to order exactly what they want, have it cooked for them, have it served to them and then someone else does the clean up.  Everyone came.  The young lads were able to get time off from their jobs and they brought their girlfriends along so we had 13 at the table. 

Starting in the bottom left corner, Brandon, Amy, Kyle, Heather, Morgan, (Taylor whom you can't see), Emily, Cody, Kristina, Me, Paul, Karl and Peter.  I think the plans are to go back and do it again.  We had suggested another place, but everyone voted in favour of Montana's.  A new tradition started.

Karl and I had a quiet Christmas dinner at home on Christmas Eve.  We have always had our big dinner on that night and this year was no exception.  It was delicious.  I love turkey, and stuffing and mashed potatoes with squash and cranberries and red cabbage (very Danish), and gravy.  Not a ton of it, but just enough to kiss everything on the plate.  The tablecloth was sent to us a long time ago by Karl's Mom and its tradition its on the table during the holidays.  It goes on Christmas Eve and stays there until New Year's Day.  Hopefully no one drops anything on it during that length of time.

On Christmas Day we were to go to our daughter's for lunch, but Paul phoned in the morning to say "don't come!".  Kristina and Morgan had the flu.  We agreed another day would be okay.  This isn't the first time our poor daughter has been ill on Christmas.  It happened several years in a row when she was little. 

We did go to our son and daughter-in-law's for the evening meal. 
It was another fantastic turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  He always does something different as he is a "tryer".  This year we had smashed potatoes.  He left the skins on and I must say they were very good. 

The animals are never left out during the holidays.  I know all the cats in the homes get a sampling of turkey.  Patches and Shadow were no exception.

We finally went over to our daughter's house on Friday, the 30th.  No tradition that night -- a change of pace for us.  Lasagna and they all had garlic bread and we also had salads.  A very good meal.  We swapped our gifts and our son in law was absolutely thrilled with is wall hanging.

Their boys must have eaten too much turkey during the holidays. Didn't take them long to find a place to crash after supper. 

That was the holiday.  Most of it was quiet and I pretty much did nothing. Now it's back to getting things done and do I have plenty to do.

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