Monday, December 26, 2005

christmas, the sequel: boxing day

My five favorite things about this Christmas:

[ 1 ] So. much. food. Monty cooked--turkey, mashed potatoes, carrots, beans, squash, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy. Then for dessert, mince meat tarts Mum made, served with fruit and nut ice cream, washed down with Cape Breton tea. Later, seconds and thirds of everything. Picking away at the turkey while watching the Simpsons. And later still, after we got home and were watching the third installment of Lord of the Rings, more food--clementines, chocolate, mixed nuts. No-one ever said this was a healthy holiday. Mm...

[ 2 ] There was snow!

[ 3 ] Talking on the phone with relatives, and how this tradition hasn't changed since we were little kids. Thank you, Alexander Graham Bell, for making this cross-country communication possible.

[ 4 ] Delightful presents from folks, and giving same folks pressies. Mat gave me a lovely felted hat (in brown and pink). Mum gave me a pewter shoe brooch. (Lovely!) Grandmaman gave me a bracelet in pink and silver, and a biographical encyclopedia, as well as a sweater and yummy mints. Granny and Grandpa's cheque allowed me to get chic new black pants and two new cd's--Jamie Cullum and Common. And so on...the presents really are part of Christmas, and as much as we might rail against consumerism (with reason), it's so nice to give and to receive during this season, and any time of the year.

[ 5 ] Though it has yet to happen, the fifth favorite thing is the illustrious Boxing Day dance held at the Fire Hall of Baddeck. If it's anything like the Canada Day dances, well, let me just say, I am not to be held responsible for any dance moves I might pull on the floor. Party on, Jan, party on, Leah.

Anyone recovered enough from their holiday to add a Christmas list, or are we all sick of lists?

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