It was a fun and different Christmas holiday this year.
On Christmas Eve, we've had a tradition of seeing the downtown holiday lights that started out of necessity. Small children needed to be out of the house while Santa's helper hustled to get everything wrapped up. But over the years, as I was able to get more wrapped up before midnight Christmas Eve need became a desire to celebrate the city lights and music and magic of the season together.
This year, all the 'children' were in town and off work and old enough now to go out to an adult lunch at a downtown brew pub. We sampled the new brews, ate our choice of pub grub and talked about news and sports and, yes, even politics.
Christmas Day, our tradition is a warm and cozy pajama day. Everyone gets new pj's, opens presents from Santa while drinking coffee and eggnog. This year, my daughter added a delicious strata whipped up on Christmas Eve with the help of her husband and brother. It was baking while we celebrated and then, enjoyed with juice and mimosas. And, more coffee, of course. Then, we spent the day playing with our new 'toys', watching movies, reading or playing video games.
Dinner is traditionally a beef roast. This year, it was done on the Traeger while the fixings; caramelized new potatoes, garlic sauted broccoli in tomato cups and rolls were done inside by my dear husband. Clean up is a group affair, so no one gets left with dish duty. Dessert was later over a game of Cards Against Humanity.
It was relaxing, hilarious and yummy.
Today, the day after, for me is usually very quiet. Children are off to work or their homes or other obligations. Today, was also a little different. My daughter, son in law and I did a quick errand or two. I went home and they did more out and about. I worked on a few pieces in the studio, wrote and did a little tidying up. Then we all enjoyed my daughter's made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese.
Ok, I still have to tidy up but that's fine by me.
Because a home for the holidays that looks, sounds, smells and feels like home to everyone is the best gift to get for Christmas and even the day after.