Monday, December 24, 2007
Merry Christmas From A Pack Of Pure Floridians
My son thinks Christmas Eve is the best day of the year ... NOT Christmas day ... Christmas Eve.
I agree with him.
We always spend it home with everyone together. That is the focus, "together". We don't invite anyone else, we just soak up each other.
We try not to leave PFHQ at all on December 24, but often there's that quick, one last trip to town ... this year it was Mrs. FC who dashed in for some forgotten item.
The girls and their "little" brother spent the day hanging out, wrapping gifts, tending a campfire out back, playing with the pig, and rebonding.
Around midday, I tossed a turkey in the oven, which was already warm from the cocanut-pecan pound cake Mrs. FC made for tomorrow. (Yes, we have to wait for Christmas Day to try it)
Tonight, we had our traditional Christmas Eve dinner: Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. It never varies and in fact must NOT vary according to the kids. We also have to eat it in the living room (at a table ... we're rednecks, not heathens!) using the Christmas china and wash it down with sparkling cider in wine glasses. While we eat, we watch "A Christmas Story" and laugh like we were seeing it for the first time. After dinner, we watch "A Muppet Christmas Carol" and laugh like the silly people we are.
It's not the parents who mandate this, we only started it. The kids demand it.
I love that.
Tomorrow morning will be fun, with lots of giving, unwrapping, and some new stuff. Tomorrow afternoon, we will see our larger family after our own personal Christmas here, and again there will be giving, unwrapping, and new stuff.
It will be an amazing special day ... one of the best of the year...
but not the best day ...
that was today.
Posted by R.Powers at 9:23 PM