Merry Christmas! 

May God bless you and yours with good cheer and peace on this holy day! 

Preparing a feast for 35-odd people (insert obligatory in laws joke here) and, having been on my feet for pretty much 3 days straight of shopping, prepping and cooking (40 lbs of pork butt and about 60-70 ciabatta rolls for pulled pork sandwiches, among other things), taking a break before rallying once more into the breach. 

Something like that. 

So, midnight mass, then Home to put the pork in the oven and bake the last couple batches of rolls, and in bed by 3:00. My beloved, who is part vampire or at least can get by on remarkably small amounts of sleep, maybe came to bed later – I wouldn’t know, as I was out cold and she was already up by the time I woke. 

We made coffee and tea, and the 8 of us – 4 kids, g-ma, aunt Clare in from Baltimore, my wife and I – gathered round the table to see what we got in our stockings.

My beloved commanded that I take pictures. She wasn’t any more specific. 

A rag I grabbed to wipe up some coffee I’d spilt on my laptop and shirt. It’s kind of like shorthand for all of Dickens
A close up of the water picture immediately in front of me. What may at first appear to be a lack of focus is, instead, an ironic existential cry of terminal ennui. That’s my story.
Still life with butter knives.

Some people are so hard to please.

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Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

7 thoughts on “Merry Christmas! ”

  1. That sounds grueling but I guess going to midnight mass and getting to bed at 3:00 a.m. at least keeps you from being hungover on Christmas morning!

    Our family tradition is to go to the vigil mass and have a hearty celebration afterwards, then get together for breakfast and presents in the morning. Not the ideal pattern, maybe, but we’re used to it and my Mom likes it, so I guess we’ll keep doing it for as long as she’s around. One drawback is the aforementioned, traditional Christmas morning hangover.

    Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family!

    1. Thanks, and Merry Christmas back at you!

      4 days on my feet shopping, prepping and cooking – back is so sore I can only stand for 10-15 min at a stretch. BUT – all the fam and relations are happy and well fed. Made at least twice as much food as was needed.

      1. That’s our usual routine too: days of shopping, prep and cooking since we host my family Christmas Eve night and the in-laws for dinner on Christmas Day. Utter insanity, but always worth it in the end. However this year, by a couple of quirks, we hosted neither but were guests, and boy what luxury that was.

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