12/26/15

Holly Jolly Time of Year...

Our Christmas Eve was spent with friends and family. It included much food, wine, and even our attempt after dinner at caroling in our friends' neighborhood. Tara snuck off to sing a service at church, but was back in time to join us for caroling. Only 2 of the 5 houses that we selected for caroling answered their doors to hear all of us sing Joy to the World, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. That's not a very high percentage of doors being answered, but at least none of the rest called the police.

We decided to retreat and continue our celebrations inside with a plan for next year to let people know we were coming so they would answer their doors. We were all happy for our own little history we made that included members of the group being Christian, Muslim, and Jewish raising our voices in unity on the front steps of 5 homes. In terms of the 3 doors that were not opened, I guess it goes to show how times have changed over the decades when people are afraid to open their door when they hear carolers outside belting away. Oh well, it was the thought that counted and we had a good time sharing the songs that we did.

For the Christmas Eve meal and celebration I smoked two chickens and a duck that paired well with roasted eggplant, pâté, pasta with coconut milk, roasted squash, and a pear tart...

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Somehow, we all managed to get in bed before the stroke of Midnight to enjoy a nice winter's slumber.

I was up and at it early on Christmas morning to finish wrapping one more item. Gone are the days of the kids getting up super early, but I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the early morning as I fed the dogs, made the coffee, and snapped a picture of the tree...

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Eventually everyone else was roused out of bed to start the festivities. Christmas music was playing, the fireplace was warm, and the usual exchanges of gifts was underway.

Tara was surprised and happy with her new Lobster Gloves for cycling...

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Trying them on to make sure the size XS fit...

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Alexa was happy with her UGGs and Vest...

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Zack got a new leather jacket...

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Enough of all of that as everyone made out just fine this year. The importance being put on being together as a family for the holiday. We moved to the kitchen where Tara made delicious buttermilk pancakes that got covered in pure maple syrup. YUM!

Tradition for us has been to hit a movie on our around Christmas, but we all felt like just staying at home and enjoying food, company, music and a day of hanging out.

Since I am in weight loss mode to trim down to race weight before structured training gets going in earnest on Monday, I went out on the Singlespeed to spin around a very quiet and peaceful town for 75 minutes...

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We rounded out the day with a wonderful risotto and smoked chicken. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2015 were holly and jolly for sure...

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