Christmas At Beadstork’s
Christmas at our house was a success. My parents arrived Christmas Eve in time for lunch – we had sandwiches. After lunch, Amanda and her Grandmama made the traditional yearly cheese ball – I used to make them with my Grandma when I was a kid. Amanda got to get up to her elbows in squishy cheese ball goodness to squish all the ingredients together. We coated with pecans and voila! Then she and Grandmama made the gingerbread dough to be chilled for the next day.
Christmas Eve dinner was our traditional oyster stew – passed down from Christmas Eves at my dad’s house as a kid. Then we packed up the van and headed to the big city of Huntsville to see the Galaxy of Lights at the Botanical Gardens. They were charging $20 a carful as a fundraiser for the Gardens. It took us an hour and a half to make our way through the long drive through the Gardens and to see all the lights that lined the way. The day was a success!
Christmas day started early (for some). My daughter woke up at 2 AM and went into Grandmama and Tuppa’s room to inquire whether she might now open her presents. She was told to go back to bed. She woke up again at 3:30 and went into their room to inquire as to whether it was late enough for gift unwrapping. She woke up again at 4:30 and decided to read a book. Her dad woke up at 5:30 and read to her to help her kill time until the rest of us got up at 7:00.
She really raked in the goodies this year! Santa brought her a real camera and a new laptop. She got a huge Lego house and an American Girl Doll from Grandmama. As an extra special treat, at New Year’s, Grandmama and Tuppa are taking her to Atlanta where the American Girl store is for two nights in a hotel within walking distance of the store and bistro, with a special doll bed waiting at the hotel room, a high chair for the doll at dinner, pink lemonade and cookies at night and a movie night with her doll. What a moneymaker those American Girl people have! Grandmama said her wallet will be empty at the end of the trip. They have a hair salon where the doll’s hair can be curled and styled, and you can get your doll’s ears pierced (no doubt for an exorbitant price).
I got what I asked for this Christmas: a new Nikon Macro lens for my camera. My husband bought it for me as long as I promised to study up on my camera, read the manual, and learn about the manual settings. I started on that on Christmas day. I also madly photographed any tiny thing that would hold still long enough for me to snap a picture. I posted some of my photos on this blog yesterday.
My husband must have been good, because he raked in some stuff too. He got some clothes, a cover and a docking station for his phone, some books and a sort of a joke gift (but not really): a shirt folder like the one Sheldon had on Big Bang Theory. When he saw it on the show, his face lit up and he said, “I want one of those!” He didn’t know I’d remembered.
Christmas dinner turned out pretty good. We had a Honeybaked ham, which turned out a little cool for my taste. They recommended that it be served at room temperature, but I wanted it a little warmer than that. It wasn’t. I tried to make Atkin’s-y things because my hubby and I are on that diet, so we had green beans with almonds, creamed spinach with horseradish and cauliflower/broccoli salad, because my daughter actually like cauliflower. Grandmama had brought Christmas cookies and chocolate mint brownies from home, which of course hubby and I did not get to eat. Sigh.
After dinner, we baked the gingerbread men and my daughter and Grandmama and I decorated them. We wound up making homemade icing because the cake icing from the store came out too thick in enormous globs. We added currants and redhots and little holly leaves to the icing. Little Bit got crazy and put all kinds of stuff over her cookies.
After the cookies were done we retired for a while to our respective books and new gifts. I took some macro photos (one of which is at the top of this post) and read my camera manual, as I had promised my husband. After we settled down for a while, Mom wanted to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol, so we watched that. By that time, the bad weather that was predicted for Christmas day set in. There was a big low pressure front coming through and tornados were predicted across the South. They were supposed to hit a bit south of us, where my parents live, so they were a bit concerned. Fortunately, the storms weren’t as bad as predicted and there was no tornado damage. There was a good deal of thunder and wind, however.
The day after Christmas, today, I had to return to work and be on call for New Year’s Eve weekend. This holiday has been all too short and I have the promise of hard labor over the next seven days. But Christmas was fabulous, our family was happy, and I was blessed to be there.