Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Merry Christmas and Happy
Holidays to everyone!  

We had our family Christmas gathering on Sunday, since it was the only day we could all be together. Fifteen of us met at the University Club for the noon buffet. We have been there twice now and it is turning out to be the best value in town, plus the food is terrific. Instead of fork-tender rare roast beef, I had breakfast: a mushroom-cheese-green onion omelet, with bacon, biscuits, cheese grits and plenty of hot coffee. It was delicious. Everyone else chowed down on the beef and all the trimmings, especially my son, son-in-law and grandsons. The shrimp were huge and many of them were plated too. Suffice it to say that no one left there hungry. 

Afterwards, we all drove to daughter one's, to exchange presents. She had decorated well and we enjoyed seeing her home.  The huge tray of cookies daughter two brought didn't go to waste, but they were not as enthusiastically received as they might have been after a meager meal. 

The fun present of the day was a life-size cut-out of Louis Tomlinson (of One Direction fame) for my youngest granddaughter, who just turned 13 last week. When her mom told her to take 'Louis' to her bedroom, another granddaughter said "Make him buy dinner first."  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry - LOL. Everyone enjoyed their gifts, especially daughter two, who had been teased by our older grandson that he couldn't remember whose name he had drawn, and so, had no present to give. He had drawn her name, of course. She was relieved to find that he really did know. My present has not been bought yet - Mr. kenju drew my name - and I haven't been able to find anything I want. I suspect that after-holiday sales will call my name and I will find lots of things I want (only they won't fit, or be the wrong color, or cost too much despite the sale.) I am, ordinarily, a glass half-full kind of person, but not when it comes to shopping.  

I hope that all of you will have a wonderful day today - a Christmas for the memory books - and that you look forward to a very happy year to come. Thanks for reading my (not so daily) drivel and for leaving thoughtful, amusing or educational comments. I am grateful for all of you!


OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a great thing to do....And it saves everyone cooking and washing up, etc. I always loved a good Buffet...!

Thanks for your Good Wishes Judy, and I say Back 'Atcha, my dear...!!

Granny Annie said...

Our Christmas celebrations were done in advance also. This is good day to catch up on all my blog reading.

I want to wish you a continued Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You are my first cyber space blog friend and I cherish knowing you:)

grannymar said...

Elly was with her in-laws, so we still have our celebration ahead of us in the middle of January.


sage said...

Sounds wonderful--enjoy the rest of this holiday week, Judy!

Ginnie said...

Sounds like a lovely day ... simple but elegant. I like the idea of drawing for gift giving.

Mar said...

Happy Holidays to you and yours. And all the best throughout 2013!

Pat said...

What an excellent idea -then everybody can relax and enjoy themselves.

Gilly said...

Sounds like you had a great time! We had a rather sad Christmas Day, with just the two of us.

So I'll just wish you a really Happy new Year - may 2013 be one of the best!

LL Cool Joe said...

We always eat Christmas lunch out as it means no one cooks. Well no one in my family can cook anyway!

I'd love to see the life size cut out of Louis! Ha ha.

Glad you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you!!