I just want to say that I have been waiting my entire life for a white Christmas and have discovered it is highly overrated! for the last twelve days we have had some kind of frozen precipitation here in the Portland area. Because of the weather, we didn't go to a single planned holiday event, including a wonderful Christmas eve Celebration at my father in laws home. We are going to try for Sunday.
So instead I put together an impromptu celebration at my house with my family of four and my daughter's boyfriend. I picked up some brie, dip, and a bottle of wine. I made a special dinner of chicken breasts, pasta, and bbqed roasted pepper salad. Yes, you can bbq in the snow! Then we ate the chocolate cake we were to take to the family party and we didn't feel guilty at all. You never feel guilty eating a cake from the Beaverton Bakery! After stuffing ourselves, we had homemade boozenog and watched The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. We hadn't seen it before. What fun!
Then the kids wrapped the last of their gifts while Alan and I watched Rick Steves European Christmas. That show always makes me cry. So lovely. Then we all had to go to bed because it was time for Santa to come!
We scaled back on gifts this year. It seemed crazy not to with the economy the way it is, to say nothing about not being able to get out much due to layers of snow and ice!
This morning was wonderful and am waiting for the jam cakes I whipped up to be done so we can eat breakfast. Thank God my parents are close by so we don't have to cancel our Christmas dinner plans!
Have a wonderful holiday everyone!