Merry Day after Christmas. Wow, all the pressure is off now isn’t it? Not that the holidays really brought much pressure here, but sometimes the anticipation is exhausting. The photo above is of my mom and Tara at Christmas dinner and of Tara and our tree!
We had a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, mixed with the mood swings of an 11 year old, just never sure what we can or can’t say around her anymore!!
My mom finished decorating our tree (she is good at it and enjoys it… who am I to stand in her way?) Christmas Eve dinner was meat loaf, rice and veggies. Simple, and what Tara requested. Mom headed to church, and Tara and I drove around for a bit to look at lights. Picked Mom back up around 8:45 and came home (Tara was upset at something I said in the car…. I really can’t even remember), so she went right to bed.
Mom and I had our traditional Christmas Eve egg nog and pizzelle treat. I also had dug up my high school yearbook while we cleaned the garage earlier in the day, so I sat up looking through and reading all the signatures. It is so funny looking back… Remeber the good times, I will miss you, keep in touch! I do still keep in touch with THREE out of a class of 750ish! I have hooked up with a couple people on Facebook, and I needed to go back and refresh my memory!
Back to the holiday…. Mom wrapped the presents (again, she loves it, me not so much, and it is like the “days of old” when she would always be wrapping gifts until almost midnight!) and I put them under the tree. I then headed off to bed.
I was awake at my normal early time with the animals. Once everyone was up, I threw together monkey bread and a breakfast casserole, and we opened gifts. After breakfast Tara and I played a few games of Guess Who (simple, but suprisingly fun game – Tara beat me 5 games to 3, while I sipped on my holiday treat – mimosas. Then we played Sorry -I won, barely!
Our gifts were simple this year, but Tara was happy! Her favorite gift… a CARD SHUFFLER… that I picked up at the last minute. We have been playing Rummy since Mom arrived, and Tara can’t shuffle well, so now she can shuffle when it is her turn. Also Princess, does not like the sound of shuffling cards, so when we use the shuffler it does not bother her. Can’t for the life of me figure out why a dog is afraid of the sound of cards shuffling…. we’ve had her since she was 7 weeks old, so unless she had an unpleasant encounter with a deck of cards before that, I guess it’s just another one of the crazy things that makes me love her so much!
I got some kitchen gadgets – bundt cake (so I can make a rum cake without melted butter all over the oven), spatulas – all mine had broken, and some cookie sheets – I had only one, and it made baking cookies (on the rare occasions that I do) a lengthy process! I also got a Hallmark Mickey Mouse Nutcracker ornament (actually two… my work friend from CA sent me one too), a Lenox Moose ornament which I have been getting for several years, and then 2nd year of a Yorkie ornament.
My mom mentioned that my gifts were not very exciting, and honestly, it did not matter. Tara was happy with her gifts and my mom liked her gifts as well. In years past I tried to do TOO MUCH for Christmas, setting expectations too high, feeling like I was a bad mom if Tara didn’t have as much under the tree as some of her friends, who had two working parents, 2 sets of grand parents, and lots of aunts and uncles. For Tara it is pretty much me and my mom. She also got an early gift from my sister when she visited. I do for Tara throughout the year… sometimes buying things that other kids have to earn for or wait till a special occasion. I think it is more fun to give gifts JUST BECAUSE, and not because we are supposed to!
Tara and I headed out for our traditional Christmas movie. We saw Marley and Me. It was very good. I laughed myself to tears several times!!! I don’t know about other places, but the movies do a booming business on Christmas Day in our neighborhood. I’m thinking it is everywhere or movie companies would not release movies on Christmas Day. The whole complex was bustling with people, and our theater which was one of the larger was quite full, with the exception of the few rows of seats closest to the front! “Marley” even came to see the movie. A gentleman in a wheelchair came in the theater with a service dog that looked very similar to Marley.
We then headed home for Mom and went to Summer Palace for our not so traditional Christmas Dinner! We had CA roll, FL roll, Shrimp and Veggie Tempura, and Chicken and Broccoli! It was good. The restaurant was quiet, most of the time we had a “private” dining room except for the folks coming in for takeout! We feel very welcomed by the owner of this restaurant, and it was nice sharing part of our day with Vivian! Chinese for Christmas was something my mom and I did years ago… (before A Christmas Story!) and it was fun to find a restaurant open this year!
That was pretty much it for our day. The rest of the evening was spent quietly at home. I feel blessed that I was able to spend the day with the two people who are my life, my mom and my daughter. Three generations from 84 to 11!