“At Christmas I no more desire a rose / Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled shows.”

The morning is lovely, a bit chilly but lovely nonetheless. I have already been out. I went to pick up my Christmas dinner. When I got there, a short couple of minutes down the road, I saw a huge line of masked people all the way down the building waiting for turns into the market. I couldn’t believe it. I was again not dressed for public viewing. Well, they had a plan for dinners and cars, and I was only the third car in line. I gave my name and within 5 minutes I had my dinner. It looks amazing. The NY sirloin is huge and rests on lobster risotto. Atop both of them is a bundle of grilled asparagus. Also, I have shrimp cocktail and a vegetable plate with a dip. My desert is something chocolate. That’s enough for me to know, chocolate. I also have cookies for long term dessert, delicious cookies from a friend, a whole plateful minus the two I ate yesterday.

Last night I invited my friends to A Christmas Carol in my newly created Zoom room. I wanted to play for them Silent Night on my uke; thus a carol, not carols, in the title. I can actually play Silent Night fairly well. I always give myself a B+. I played twice, the second one almost perfectly. I had Moe and Rod from Colorado and Jay and Clair from Chatham in my audience. My other sister and my friends Tony and Clare missed the concert so my sister is asking for a return engagement. I’ll surprise her tonight.

When I was a kid, this was the worst and the best day of the year. It was the worst because it was at least 48 hours long. It never got dark. I was willing to put on my new pajamas around three or four in the afternoon so I could turn in early. I always tried around 5 or 6 to convince my mother it was bedtime for me. She knew better. The Christmas tradition was to open one present each. We had no choice as to which presents. My mother handed us the wrapped packages which were always new pajamas. She never surprised us. I don’t even think Moe ripped a tiny hole in those packages. She knew already. The last thing before bed was we hung our stockings off the small bannister going upstairs. My stocking was at the top, a position I demanded being the oldest. The rest were also hung in age order.

Today was the best of days because the long wait was finally over. Santa was coming. All I had to do was fall asleep, and the time passed without me watching. I’d wake up to a stocking filled with wonderful surprises and the best gifts for me under the tree. Yup, today was the best of days.

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8 Comments on ““At Christmas I no more desire a rose / Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled shows.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Your dinner sounds wonderful. I’m cooking ham, acorn squash, potatoes and asparagus. Ice cream for dessert. With wine.

    My parents used to leave unwrapped gifts in the living room for us from Santa. It was so they could stay in bed longer on Christmas morning. Not a bad plan considering they’d been up till the wee hours wrapping gifts.

    May you have a very merry Christmas and may the New Year be healthy and joyous.

    • katry Says:

      Our toys from Santa were never wrapped. There were a couple of wrapped presents from my parents under the tree, the pajamas and sometimes a book. The mornings were spectacular, that first view over the bannister.

      Your dinner sounds delish! I love everything, especially the squash and the ham. We used to have a roast for Christmas, sometimes beef, sometimes pork. Beef was my favorite.

      Have a wonderful tonight and tomorrow! I hope Santa is good to you!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Your Christmas Eve dinner sounds delicious. What a brilliant idea to set up a private Zoom room for the holiday. I’m sure that your rendition of Silent Night on the uke will be a big hit. Are you going to sing along with your playing?

    This morning was cold, 34° and breezy but sunny. Tomorrow they are forecasting sunny skies with highs around 60° which is more seasonable than the 70° predicted for Saturday. On the news last night the weatherman said that since 1940, when they started keeping records in Dallas, there has been only one white Christmas which was in 2009. A white Christmas is having at least one inch of snow on the ground. We had two inches that year. The weatherman told his kids to remember 2009 because the odds are that they will never see another white Christmas in Dallas in their lifetime.

    Every family has their own version of celebrating Christmas Eve. Italians will cook seven varieties of fish on Christmas Eve. Others open their presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. Some folks go to midnight Mass and others don’t even go to Church. This year it will probably be a virtual midnight service similar to what .we had for the Jewish High Holidays. Regardless, we should all be thankful for our good health and that we only have to suffer a few more weeks of Donald J. Trump in office. I want to wish everyone of the Coffee family a very merry, happy, safe and healthy Christmas Eve.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I have the worst voice. The other Christmas songs I can play but I have to sing to help keep the right tempo, and I won’t do that in public. My sister and Rod chatted with Jay and Claire. They hadn’t seen Rod in a while. It was a fun event.

      Here, kids are disappointed if there isn’t a white Christmas, but the odds here are against it too.

      Today has gotten cloudy and windy making it also chillier. Tomorrow will be misery. It will rain, and the wind could hit 70 MPH. We had a phone warning about downed wires. I’ll stay home, cozy and warm and hopeful I will have electricity.

      We always opened our presents on Christmas Day. My parents went to midnight mass. I think the neighbors kept an eye on us but we were sleeping anyway. When I was old enough, I’d go to midnight mass as well but not any more.

      The days until he leaves can’t pass fast enough, but he is scry at what he doing before he leaves.

  3. Birgit Says:

    It’s Christmas Eve now, our main Christmas day and we are waiting for the Christ Child which may bring us gifts tonight if we behaved well enough. Meanwhile Christmas dinner: plaice, spinach and thyme oven potatoes and later ice cream and egg liqueur.
    May all of you have a great Christmas Eve!

    • katry Says:

      When my brother had his kids Christmas Eve, we had our big dinner then. They’d leave the next day, and we were content with leftovers.

      I loved Christmas dinner. I was my mother’s sous chef, and we spent the time together preparing in the kitchen. If we could, we did the chopping and such on Christmas Eve afternoon. Mostly we had roast beef and sometimes baked but more often mashed potatoes. The veggies varied.There was always so much to eat.

      Have a wonderful Christmas Eve.

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