Monday, December 26, 2016

'Twas the Day After Christmas and....

I still miss having Mom and Dad with us for Christmas. I miss having all of our animal/bird companions around. Christmas stocking for birds are a do-it-ourselves thing. For some reason, ready-made stockings for dogs and cats are everywhere, but nothing for birds, pigs, rabbits, etc. are anywhere to be found.







This year, it's just the two of us. Collin is happy with his gifts, I think. I got him (in addition to the Amazon Dot Echo, which I gave him early; he did the same with mine), a one-year subscription for his Xbox One gaming and a virtual reality viewer, which he spent the morning with, checking out some amazing places around the world. (I got the app on my phone, but I prefer to not use a headset). He got me a Bluetooth headset for dictation and an Amazon gift card--I've already purchased some movies and music with it.







For dinner, we had ham with pineapple, potatoes, stuffing with gravy and corn. We were supposed to have apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream, but the dumplings were ruined. I was going to make vanilla sauce for them, but Collin likes them better with ice cream. My sauce must really suck. Dessert, it turned out, was just ice cream. Oh, well.

Saturday night, we watched Pope Francis deliver his Christmas Mass from St. Peter's Basilica. We're not Catholic, but the Pope could make us convert!

And we watched movies--including A Christmas Carol (the 1938 version, which I've watched every year since the mid-1960s), The Nativity Story, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and a couple of TV episodes. I love the Home Improvement Christmas episode in which Tim and Al get stranded by a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. Just when they think they won't get home because the plane can't land, his kids turn on his elaborate light display, which provides enough light for the plane to find its way to the landing strip (and probably accounts for half of Detroit's power usage for that night). And even though it's technically a Thanksgiving story, we watched the WKRP in Cincinnati episode, "Turkeys Away."

The best Christmas gift I got this year, however, was having Collin home all day. In years past, he's always had to work every holiday, including Christmas, but thanks to his new job, he got off early on Saturday and had Sunday off.


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  1. That was the best gift of all, Collin home all day.
    We had duck breast, grilled salad and mashed potatoes. No dessert, we had it but chose not to eat it.
    I like his "Last Man Stand" series and they several great Christmas ones.
    I watched The Christmas Story ( the one about the BB Gun and the leg lamp), Snoopy and Charlie Brown Christmas and The Woman in Gold. Way too much TV watching for me I ended up with a headache because I cried through out the last half of The Women In Gold.
    It was a very quiet Christmas but super nice.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. One of the cable channels ran A Christmas Story nonstop, over and over, for 24 hours. Guess they wanted to make sure nobody missed it!

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  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas day. Blessings.

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  3. That really was the best gift of all. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Tim has one more day off and goes back to work on Wednesday.

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    1. Collin got off early last night, too...then got online and bought us new phones....

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  4. Very good that you had Collin home for Christmas!

    A lot of places here are still closed, at least today, since many places downtown are federal government and they get two days off regardless.

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    1. Collin worked four hours yesterday--business was slow, so they allowed some of the reps to jump off early--but because Christmas was on Sunday, normally a day off, he got time and a half for the hours he worked.

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  5. Personally, I like plain ice cream for dessert.

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    1. Normally, I do, too--but I was so looking forward to those apple dumplings! Collin's first job was at a restaurant that served apple dumplings with vanilla sauce, and I loved them.

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