Christmas was a total blast! I had fun hanging out with the Silver Fox and our dear friend Judy, who was visiting from NYC. On Sunday, Judy helped me to prepare Christmas dinner for nine people. And what a meal it was! We feasted on a colorful soup, an unusual bread, and some wine-braised short ribs served over creamy mashed potatoes. There was a salad, too, and a flourless chocolate cake that made everybody swoon.
Afterwards, we all passed out from pleasure.
Or maybe we’d just had too much to drink.
Anyway, here’s what the dining table looked like before guests arrived. For a centerpiece, I laid some lacy Thuja ‘Green Giant’ boughs between a pair of candelabra, and topped them off with apples, oranges, and a single pineapple. Easy!
To the left of each setting is a Christmas “cracker.” When two people pull the ends of a cracker, the thing breaks with a loud BANG!, and out falls a little toy. I can assure you that sober children love this Victorian novelty as much as inebriated adults do.
Of course, no December holiday can be complete with a domestic disaster. I had two of ’em.
On Christmas eve, I noticed a cloud of steam rising through the ancient floor boards in the entrance hall. The culprit? A rusted and busted 1940s steam pipe in the cellar. The pipe is being replaced as I write this. The floor is another story.
Gale-force winds arrived the day after Christmas, taking with them three large sections of the garden fence, including the front gate. We’re grateful that no one was hurt. We’re also grateful for homeowners insurance.
Was your Christmas holiday filled with good cheer and good friends? You can let me know by leaving a comment. I look forward to hearing from you!