“Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”

Merry Christmas!!

Last night was wonderful fun. We sat, chatted and had a drink or two in the living room bright with colored lights from the tree, the window candles, and some lit branches by the fireplace. We moved to the dining room for food and gingerbread house construction. We noshed on an antipasto, a platter filled with meat and cheese from the Italian cheese shop, dates, cashews and mustard, including a caramelized fig sauce, hot corn dip, and bruschetta. We forgot about dessert so we’ll have it today. I made cookies and a chocolate cream pie.

We started construction on our houses. All conversation ceased. First we put up the walls then the roof then we decorated. I bought houses from a different company, and we were very pleased. The frosting tasted good which was perfect considering how much we had on our hands and how much we had transferred to things like phones and glasses. When we opened the gingerbread package, we could smell the ginger. It was divine, like being in a bakery filled with the aroma of cookies in the oven. The frosting was in a pouch, and it was so easy to be creative by squeezing the pouch to cover the roof with snow. I even squeezed swag designs on the back and front of the house. The candies were all colors. A gingerbread boy and a gingerbread girl were the finishing touches.

This morning I didn’t wake up until 10 given I was up until 3. I turned on the tree lights, made coffee and gathered my gifts from my sisters. The boxes were filled with the best gifts. One sister found the ugliest felt Christmas tree. She knows I love old, ugly decorations. The tree is already on the dining room table. She also gave me a wire bucket with peeling paint I recognized as one for quahogs or oysters and a gift certificate to iTunes. I love all the gifts. Gracie got the most beautiful dog biscuits which look more like frosted cookies than treats for a dog. My other sister too had all sorts of vintage stuff she’d found for me. She also gave me so much more including earrings because I whined that I give them but never get them, a new shirt, a red and white one I’m wearing today, Starbucks Christmas coffee, two pounds of it, and many more gifts including a gift certificate to Rings, the grocery store which gets so much of my money. I am thrilled with my presents.

In a while, I’m going to my friends’ for dinner and more presents. I love getting to watch them open the stocking stuffers I found. Some are quirky, some funny, some a bit strange and some perfectly wonderful.

Christmas is a day to be cherished and celebrated. I wish you all the happiness and joy today brings.

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10 Comments on ““Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    Kat, It sounds like you had and are having a very Merry Christmas. Last night I watched my favorite Christmas movie, ‘A Christmas Story’. That led me to search for the original broadcast of the Jean Shepherd radio program from Christmas Eve 1974 which became the basis for the movie in 1983. My present to all the members of Coffee is Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story.


    We just returned from a Chinese restaurant where we celebrated Christmas. Surprisingly, there were lots of folks who didn’t look or appear to be Jewish. I guess Chinese food for Christmas is catching on in the U.S.

    • flyboybob Says:

      For those not familiar with Shep, he always played his entire theme music at the beginning of each show.

    • katry Says:

      I also watch A Christmas Story every year.

      I’m so glad you looked for this as I haven’t ever heard it. I, of course, recognize his voice from the movie given the number of times I have watched it. Radio shows are such fun!

      I don’t know anyone who has switched to Chinese food. I think it’s the perfect dinner For Christmas Eve. It gives the hostess the whole evening to enjoy with no worries about getting dinner ready or cleaning up.

      Thanks again!

      • Bob Says:

        There a a number of his radio shows from the 1960s and 70s on YouTube. When I was in high school in NYC I would listen to Shep nightly on WOR at 10 every night. He told stories of Flick and Schwartz and growing up in Northern Indiana.

        I hope your Christmas was fun. Here we set a record high temperature of 76 degrees.

      • katry Says:

        YouTube seems to have just about anything and everything. I am seldom disappointed.

        The day was wonderful but chilly.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Wham – and just like that George Michael leaves us right behind Rick Parfitt. 2016 has been a blight not only to the famous but our family where 2 in laws are not 65 and have enormous challenges with the C word. Enough, this sucks

    The Prince hit the door and Christmas lit up. We opened gifts, watched The Jungle Book, ate Turkey, pulled crackers and wore our paper hats. Mrs MDH is one heck of a cook so I am anxious to put my feet up and “relax” a bit with my eyes closed perhaps.

    It’s our last day of Christmas Carols and songs. I am ready to roll the Kate Bush.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      George Michael was quite a shock. I know he is fairly young.

      My family had a good year. I hope it continues into this new year, but the aunts and uncles are in their 80’s.

      I’m so glad The Prince’s arrival lit up the day. It all sounded wonderful. I have pictures of my parents wearing their tissue hats at a Christmas dinner party I had a long while back.

      I will miss the Christmas music, but I was Hallmarked out.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’ve only once built a gingerbread house and it was a disaster 🙂 Unfortunately it was my mother who wanted to help me and icing sugar was nothing she thought was a thing we needed. Instead she “melted” white sugar and by that I mean she more or less incinerate it. We were going to use it as glue so the walls would stick together. It doesn’t work that way when it is burned in to ashes 🙂 🙂
    We finally got enough of it to stick the walls together but they weren’t especially straight either so if anything had lived in that house any small wind would have blown them out 🙂 She also tried to “glue” candy to the roof and since the sugar was so hot it sort of melted the candy too. In the end the house looked like something from hell and to make it worse, it tasted like crap 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Happy Christmas!


    • katry Says:

      The kit I buy has everything: the house in 6 pieces, assorted candy for decorating and icing for cement. Other years the walls were slanted and sometimes caved in, but this year everything held.

      I have a great picture of the houses which I’ll post.

      Happy Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!

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