Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day

The festivities are winding down and yet another Christmas will become part of our memory book.  I love every part of the yule season -- the baking the cards the gifts the wrapping the shopping the caroling the wearing of Christmas socks and best of all, being with family.  We had a wonderful Christmas. We had Christmas Eve at our house with my side of the family.  We really changed it up this year, and had a Mexican feast with tamales, chile rellenos, empanadas, and a tres leche cake for dessert.
   Then, on Christmas Day, we spent the afternoon at Dan's brother's house.  My sister-in-law works magic with her decorating at this time of year and I just love being in their home for Christmas.  A ten-foot tree, lights galore, and garland on all the banisters.  It is just exquisite. And the food's great, too!  Dan's sister on the west coast joined in the merriment through Skype.  We -- well, not me really -- linked up three computers so that the whole family could be onscreen and talking at the same time.


  I couldn't help but think back to when I was growing up and we would talk to my grandparents long distance.  On holidays, my parents would often call throughout the day until they reached an open phone line to the east coast.  Then, us four kids would line up at the phone in the kitchen so that we could each have a quick moment to say 'hi' and 'Merry Christmas' and (say thank you for the gifts) 'thank you for the gift.'


But, today is the day after all the hoopla.  And it was a day to linger over a second cup of coffee, go through my stocking again, and read my new book.  I have no tradition for the day-after-Christmas sales.  It totally depends on my mood.  Today, Emily had a shirt to exchange and I had something to return, so we ventured out after lunch and managed to sneak in and out of the mall fairly quickly.  We stopped at another store for some bargains on next year's wrappings and deocration.  Then we were glad to go home, put our feet up and have tea while she watched The Grinch and I caught up with blogging.  No rush, no lists to guide me.

Tomorrow, there will be time for making new lists, catching up on the laundry, putting away the box of wrapping paper and bows and ribbon.  Stowing away the good dishes and finding homes for all the presents.  I'll make a plan for having friends to supper this week, for Em's birthday on Friday and for getting my act together for the 2011.  But, for now, I'll curl up with another Christmas movie and have another cup of tea.

11 comments:

Leslie said...

Looks like it was a great christmas. I love that we can connect with family so easy now.
Have a happy new year.

Jen said...

Sounds wonderful!I'm so glad you all had a wonderful Christmas. I will start to take down decor today sometime...it makes me sad to take it down....:(

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
YOUR CHRISTMAS SOUNDS JUST WONDERFUL. LOVE THE PICTURE WITH ALL THE KIDS. WE HAD A HUGE SNOW STORM LAST NIGHT. IT REALLY WAS BEAUTIFUL. MUNCHED ON CHRISTMAS COOKIE AND TEA, YUMMY THEY WERE SOOOOO GOOD. I USUALLY GO TO THE STORES FOR THE CHRISTMAS BARGAINS TOO BUT SISN'T DO IT THIS A YEAR. WELL, HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS WEEK.
LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Flat Creek Farm said...

Great pictures of the fam!! Sounds like your Boxing Day was much like mine - Oh how I savored every moment ;) Beautiful header... I must go back and take another look!! Happy New Year! -Tammy

Country Dreaming said...

Great plans! Laying low is always nice after all the hoopla!
Glad you had a wonderful Christmas.
We did too and have had a quiet couple of days here.

Happy New Year!


Melinda

Sherri said...

Karen, sounds like a perfect few days to me!! Glad you had alot of time with your family!!

Susanne said...

Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas, Karen. Love the idea of a Mexican feast for Christmas Eve!

Stores won't take returns or exchanges on Boxing Day around here. That is their big sale day, sorta like your Black Friday.

Renna said...

Times are so different now. I remember those long distance calls to family, too, and how quickly you'd say your piece then hand the phone to the next one (long distance was so expensive!).

I was just reading a blog of a woman (recent cancer survivor). I believe she and her sibs are all in their 60's, and many haven't been together in years. One brother appears to be on his deathbed, yet the entire group were able to welcome in Christmas while singing old hymns of their childhood together while skyping. That thrilled my heart to know that modern technology, though it has it's evils, can bring such blessings to so many.

Dandy said...

So glad you had a great Christmas! Skype- I haven't done it yet but it's incredible.

Now it's time for my list making :)

Hen Jen said...

your Christmas eve sounds like ours, my husband and I are both half Mexican and on Christmas Eve his grandmother makes home-made tamales, yum!

skype and ichat are amazing, times have sure changed...

Becky said...

You live in the moment and enjoy it all ... just the way it should be. I'll bet one of your favorite things ... like mine ... is a brand spanking new calendar to start some planning.