“Scatter joy!”

The day after Christmas needs a name. In England it is Boxing day. Here I’m thinking it’s stay in cozy clothes, lie on the couch and read or watch TV, eat wonderful leftovers, nap and ooh and awe again at the Christmas presents under the tree day.

I slept late this morning, a perfect start to a lazy day. After all the festivities of the last two days, I am exhausted.

We had a wonderful Christmas Day. We opened presents and stockings, ate dinner then Clare read us a Christmas book; it’s one of our traditions. This year it was about a Christmas tree in the forest decorated by animals like Deer, Bird and Bear. I got lots of presents including a Doctor Who sweatshirt with the Tardus on the front and two pairs of slippers. I go through slippers quickly so two pairs are perfect. I’m wearing a new pair now.

Last night the living room was lovely. The tree was lit as were small strings of lights in corners of the room. The tree skirt my mother made for me was covered in opened presents on display. In the dining room I set the table with special plates and with the napkins my mother had made as a Christmas present to me. My friends didn’t want to use them. They switched to paper. My mother would have chuckled and insisted they be used. Small flowers in gold and red vases were the centerpiece. A few Santas stood guard on the red and green table runner. In the corner the ugly tree was lit as were the candles on the table. The room was perfect for Christmas dinner.

The food was delicious. Contrary to current wisdom, I always cook new recipes for special dinners. It is the only time I get a chance to spread my culinary wings. The first thing I tasted was the corn pudding, and it was amazing. The mashed potatoes came close to perfection. The pork was out of this world. The poor carrots, though, had to be saved as I had forgotten they were cooking and some burned. Luckily there were still enough carrots.

After the reading, my friends left. I sat in the living room for a while taking joy in the lights and shadows. I find every Christmas remarkable.

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14 Comments on ““Scatter joy!””

  1. Erin Says:

    Glad you had a fun Christmas. I am working today and so, so tired. I can’t understand why the day after Thanksgiving is always a day off but not the day after Christmas. I was “making rather merry” yesterday! Happy Cozy-Post-Christmas Day.

    • katry Says:

      Erin,
      I agree, particularly when Christmas is on a Thursday. Some people, though, would find waiting for the sales traumatic.

      May you have a most restful weekend.

  2. Hedley Says:

    To celebrate Boxing Day we encouraged Maggie the Westie to track down some like minded friends and head out for fox hunting. Sadly it didn’t happen. The Prince and I cruised as we tend to do and we are waiting for another round of family and gifts.

  3. olof1 Says:

    We call this day Second day Christmas and it’s a holiday so most people don’t work.

    I’ve eaten way to much food and candy and I’ll probably feel just as full tomorrow as I’ve felt all day today 🙂

    Really cold here (sweater and winter jacket day) and the sun shone for quite some time making the forst sparkle like diamonds. It will snow tonight and I saw on facebook that there is thunder and lightning mixed in to it as well. So far nothing here though but it will arrive later tonight.

    Have a good continuing of yule!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Some businesses close for today but most don’t, especially retail stores.

      I just had leftovers for lunch, and they were delicious.

      Cooler is today than it has been, only in the 40’s. Yesterday it got to 60˚. My sister is getting the snow in Colorado. She get at least a foot and maybe a bit more. We finally have the sun.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    It’s always a let down after all the anticipation. Today the stores are jammed with folks returning the stuff that they didn’t want and buying the stuff they really wanted marked down an extra 20%. We are now down to the last week of 2014 and next Wednesday night we will pop champagne corks to the strains of Aud Lang Syne. After the football games and bowls of black eyed peas, or whatever good luck thing, the letdown that is January begins. Hopefully 2015 will bring peace to the trouble spots and understanding between peoples. Every New Year’s Eve I hope for the same things which never seem to happen. Let’s all make our resolutions for the year that we know we won’t keep and have fun.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I know a lot of people shop today, but most friends of mine love staying close to comfort and home. I am like that too.

      Every new year I wish for peace. I am always disappointed but I am never surprised.

      I don’t make resolutions. I always keep trying in so many ways.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Same as in Sweden, second Christmas Day and it’s a public holiday.
    What if we call it Holazy Day? Enjoy your (ho)lazy day!
    Lovely music, folk music is perfect for today.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’ll take it-that’a an ideal name. It covers all the day’s meanings. It has been a most enjoyable day.

      Thank you on the music. I hunted for the sort of music I wanted to play today.

  6. Aimee Says:

    Day after was spent always in the home enjoying friends and family stopping over. Mom an Dad would have another big dinner (ham usually) with all the leftovers. Sometimes the kids would put on a play ..always a fun and relaxing time for all. Snow was always on the ground

    • katry Says:

      Aimee,
      I remember the leftovers. When I was young, it was turkey. When I was older, roast beef or ham.

      It is amazing how many memories we hold so close, and I think Christmas is the most memorable of them all.

      I loved snow at Christmas.


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