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25 December 2010 @ 09:15 am
Happy Christmas!  
A lovely morning opening presents under the tree, in front of the fire. I got Kate a Skadoosh, some rocks, and some Stones. She got me a lovely purple silk shirt and a copy of The Broken Kingdoms. Then we made breakfast: gingerbread waffles and sausages. Okay, one of the waffles came out a little scorched and one of the sausages fell on the floor, but it all averaged out. Later today we plan to see The King's Speech with our friend Michael and go for our traditional Christmas dinner of Pepper-Salted Squid.

Hope your day is as happy!

They Didn't Ask Me: xmas-katedr_phil_physics on December 25th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
"traditional Christmas dinner of Pepper-Salted Squid" -- awesome!

Dr. Phil
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 25th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thien Hong on Sandy has the best Pepper-Salted Squid we've ever had, anywhere in the world. And we've been to Singapore!
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 25th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
The eyes, the eyes, they're following me around the room...
Steve Hutchisonfoomf on December 26th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
I prefer your Christmas tradition to mine of driving through the miserable weather to my Mom's place, where food may or may not be good (this year it was very good) and the company will be somewhere between glum and dismal, and my Uncle and I will (if he's there) invariably disagree about politics.
barbhendee on December 26th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh, goodness. This kind of sounds like . . . well, everybody's normal Christmas (smiles). Little mistletoe . . . little argument about politics . . . little eggnog . . . little bit of telling Mom the over-cooked dinner is lovely . . . little cheek biting and followed by the permanently set smile. Mmmmmm? Sound familiar?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 26th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. Glad I'm Jewish! Kate and I celebrate Christmas (or, as I should have said in the title of this post, Solstice Observed) but we get to pick and choose the traditions we like. Presents, tree, fire, friends, yes. Cheek-biting, not so much.
barbhendee on December 26th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hi David,

Actually, JC and I had a lovely day--but we stayed here in Oregon and had friends over for a roast game hens and mashed potatoes (smiles).

However, I do think the description above is a typical family holiday here in America though. That's why we live in Oregon.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 26th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I acknowledge that that's the stereotype, but judging by their blogs, most of my friends spent Christmas with their families-of-choice (which did, in some cases, include family-of-birth) and had a grand time. Apart from foomf above, I didn't read any tales of familial woe. Of course, it may be that those who did have the stereotypical wretched family Christmas didn't choose to blog about the experience... but many of my friends think there's no such thing as TMI (in friendslocked posts, of course) and even they seem happy with their Christmases. So perhaps that stereotype is unduly pessimistic.
barbhendee on December 26th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
You're up and "computing" early. I just got the coffee made.

Have you ever known me to be pessimistic?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 26th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Pessimistic? You? Indeed not!

I'm glad you had a pleasant Christmas with your sweetie, and wish you many happy returns of the day.

Miche: Christmas fox by DHmicheinnz on December 26th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
I have to ask my Jewish friends what they do on Christmas, since all the restaurants are closed (by law -- only very few places may be open on Christmas Day and restaurants don't count). Probably the same as any other day, although I know one of them was at work (service stations/gas stations may be open on the day, and many are).
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 26th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Closed by law?! Here in the States, many establishments that are open every other day of the year are closed on Christmas, but some are definitely open. Powell's Books, for one; some restaurants and coffee shops; and most movie theatres.
Miche: Christmas fox by DHmicheinnz on December 26th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Over here it's service stations and dairies (neighbourhood general stores) and not much else that may open on Christmas Day. Even the 24-hour dairies have to close for a period of time, I think it's two hours, in the middle of the day to allow their staff time to have whatever festivities they choose.