“Happy Day After Christmas, Merry Rest of the Year, even when Christmas is over, The Light of the World is Still Here!”

Gracie and I are back home, and my car is in good order. It took longer than I expected as what was wrong didn’t matter, only my place in line. It is cold, 28˚, but tonight will be colder. By the middle of the week, we’ll be down to single digits. I will be hibernating.

Christmas Day was wonderful. I used the morning to prep for dinner, to get all the veggies ready for cooking. My friends arrived a little after 2:30. We drank some egg nog and then opened presents. We go in turn so we can see what we each got. Well, I’m thinking we were perfect, as good as gold, as Santa left great presents. I got a whole sackful of foot cozies which made me laugh. I love foot cozies and the ones I have left deserve retirement. I got a wrap to keep the cold at bay. I figure it will come in handy on Thursday. I also got a Christmas sweater as I didn’t have any Christmas clothes other than a t-shirt. There were earrings and so much much more. I gave my two friends each a bag of gifts, a bag Santa would be glad to carry from house to house. They loved their presents as well.

During the presents portion of the day, I was up and down finalizing dinner. We sat down later than I expected, but it is true that good things come to those who wait. The beef was scrumptious. The green bean casserole was a hit as were the potatoes. The carrots were good but were out-classed by the beef and the green beans. We sat at the table for a long while enjoying dinner and each other. Gracie was happy for her beef scraps and even Maddie enjoyed the meat.

After the dining room was cleared and the kitchen cleaned up. I turned on the dishwasher and we all sat in the living room. Gracie lost her footing on the couch and fell into the tree. She was scared but managed to calm down and get back on the couch where she fell asleep. I sat with her and patted her. Meanwhile, Clare asked about dessert. We decided we finally had enough room for the peppermint cheesecake Clare had made. It was unbelievably delicious from the crust to the peppermint cane topping. All of us yummed as we ate. The cheesecake was like tasting Christmas. It’s a good thing Clare left me some. I’ll leave it that.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were amazing. We honored tradition with our gingerbread houses. We laughed at some of our presents, and each of us belonged to the clean plate club even after a couple of extra helpings. Dessert was heavenly. The company couldn’t have been better. I loved Christmas this year.

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19 Comments on ““Happy Day After Christmas, Merry Rest of the Year, even when Christmas is over, The Light of the World is Still Here!””

  1. Bob Says:

    Today is Boxing Day in Canada. I looked up the derivation of Boxing Day and what was in England is a day to give presents to your servants who you worked on Christmas. Today it’s a big shopping day for marked down merchandise. We have even exported Black Friday to other countries where they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.

    Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. We didn’t eat Chinese food yesterday so the tradition will have to wait until next year.

    Today is cloudy with light rain and mist and a high of 45 degrees. Tonight the temperature will drop down to freezing with light freezing drizzle. I noticed today that the trees are finally turning color. The gas has also gone dormant.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I knew it is Boxing Day. It and Christmas are two of the reasons I don’t want to go to England for Christmas. Most things close for the holidays.

      We had a great Christmas, and I get to have leftovers.

      Today was terribly cold, and it got worse after the sun went down. My hands are cold. I ate that.

      Our trees have been bare for quite a wile.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Happy Boxing Day, always seen as a rubbish Christmas. Some goofs went fox hunting, we went to Bognor Regis to see my Grandparents,

    The good guys hammered Southampton early this morning and I somehow resisted all temptation to dismantle Christmas. I spent another happy hour clearing snow off the drive way and then went to see the Darkest Hour. Churchill in May 1940 and the tedious Chamberlain and Halifax

    I cannot take another Christmas song. Luckily Santa brought me St Vincent “Masseducation”, Beck “Colors”, the reissue of Bob Marley at the Lyceum as a double disc and…the BobBox13, tons of “Trouble No More”

    • katry Says:

      Happy Boxing Day to you too, My Dear Hedley.

      We got stuck at one grandparent’s house most Christmas Days. I was never happy about it.

      My big excitement was getting my nee battery. Gracie and I drove down cape to Orleans. She stayed in the car and enjoyed all the activity in the repair bays.

      I contend mine are Christmas songs as they were played, but I think a bit of tracking will show they were not written for the holiday, winer maybe.

    • Bob Says:

      I didn’t think that movie was out yet. Together with the movie ‘The Post’ we are starting out 2018 with a couple of great films. One about a true leader who is tested by the imminent threat of fascism only 30 miles away and the other about Ben Bradley and Katherine Graham who risked their careers and freedom to expose the coverup of the Nixon administration’s lies.

      One contrasting a real leader verses our current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The other exposing a lie that cost thousands of lives in the Vietmam war. Hopefully, the current lie and 45s complicity in Russian interference in the last election which will soon be brought to the light of day

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I am looking forward to both films. I used to go to see a movie a week but haven’t in a while. My friend, with whom I’d go to the movie, doesn’t go any more. I really have no problem going by myself. I’ll have to take up movies again.

      • Bob Says:

        Watching the Kennedy Center honors and 45 is the first President to not show up because everyone of the honorees disagree with him. Real leadership, NOT.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I know two of them refused to attend if he did. I’m thinking he was afraid to be booed though I think the Kennedy Center would not have booed.

        Remember how much fun the Obamas had every year at this event?

      • Hedley Says:

        Bob, “Darkest Hour” is well worth seeing, a political drama and I would suggest spending ten minutes on Halifax and Chamberlain before you go.

        I am waiting for the reviews of “The Post” as the trailers look terrific.

      • Spaceman Says:

        Trump announce last August that he and the First Lady would not be attending in order to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction. Unfortunate that this type of event turns into some kind of political protest.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I had read their reason for not attending, and Trump was right. He would have caused a distraction. He is the reason for so much animosity that everything becomes political though for much of it, he is responsible by choice. He enjoys roiling the water..

      • Spaceman Says:

        Clinton and George H.W. Bush skipped once. TV viewership was down 25% from last year. Karma?

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman.,
        I do enjoy this program every year though I think last year was spectacular. That 25% missed a great show.

      • Spaceman Says:

        I caught the last haif hour of it. I like Estafan. Lionel, and LL Cool J’s music though some of his song’s subject matter are rather provocative like Big ol Butt (though I confess to have danced to it at the nurses’ Christmas party).

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84LUpG6ieis

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I haven’t, before watching your link, even heard a single LL song. I don’t like the lyrics. Admittedly, I know less about rap than any other genre.

      • Spaceman Says:

        I know a fair amount about rap – the beat is fun, but the lyrics are often misogynistic, and heavy on violence and drugs. Norman Lear was previously offered a Kennedy award but refused to attend because Bush would be there. Paul McCartney ginned up an excuse not to be there for the same reason (he later attended after Bush was out). So political boycotting of the Kennedy’s is not entirely new.

      • katry Says:

        Spaceman,
        I think that coupling the arts and politics is doing arts a disservice. They should be devoid of partisan views. Norman Lear may have felt personal satisfaction by boycotting Bush, but it is more like biting his own tail.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Sounds like great friends and great Christmas.
    Second Christmas holiday today, also a public holiday. Three days in a row without daily routine is perfect to calm down.
    The weather report predicted sun for a change, time to take a walk. Nothing special, just the municipal park, it’s quite old and nice. Unfortunately the weather report was wrong.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      They are family. I think that’s what the best friends become.

      Today stores were filled with people looking for sales or returning gifts they don’t want. The roads were pretty crowded when I was out. It was really cold.


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