December 29, 2004

Christmas I

Whew! That was fun! After nine days of family-hosting goodness, it’s time to poke my head out into the blogiverse again and say hello. Warning — this may be a long post. Or two long posts…

As I mentioned a few entries ago, this was the first year that Mark and I held Christmas in our own home. Not ones to do things by halves, we hosted two consecutive feasts, and two overlapping families. Mark’s parents came down to Toronto on the 21st, giving us lots of time to visit with them. On Christmas Eve we followed, partially at least, Mark’s mother’s French Canadian tradition and served his family (and my sister) roast goose, tourtière, and sugar pie (along with assorted other trimmings), tacking on the first of two Christmas puddings because, well, we’d made two different plum puddings — and when else were we going to eat them? We were proud of our lovely table (and grateful to the friends and family who helped us adorn it!):


On Christmas day my parents arrived (having flown to Ottawa from Iqaluit, Nunavut the preceding night, and driven down to Toronto on Christmas morning) and we all switched to (a) British tradition, with roast beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, trifle, and more plum pudding. Does it mean Mark and I were a little delirious if we by the end of the night we were airily telling each other that roast beef dinner was “a breeze” and we should do it every Sunday?

On Boxing Day Mark’s parents went back to Ottawa, but my parents were able to stay for a few more days to visit with us before they went — not back home, but driving on to Chicago to visit my mom’s sister and family. It’s truly been a lovely holiday — so many things we traditionally do have perforce changed, but it didn’t really matter; we were surrounded by family, and that was what mattered. I’m very grateful to be part of two such loving and interesting families.

There’s much more to recount, but I’ll put it in my next entry. For now, goodnight!

Posted by Aven at December 29, 2004 11:26 AM

Glad to hear that you had a good holiday. BTW - there is a brunch at Lettuce on Sat at 1 if you want to come (I can’t, but I thought that I should pass along the message). Just bring something to eat with you! :) Happy New Year

Posted by: Dani at December 30, 2004 07:58 AM

Sounds delightful, delicious and I’m sure delirious.

Posted by: Paula at December 30, 2004 08:18 AM