‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring – except for a louse. And several hundred of his little buddies. Did you know that’s where the word lousy comes from? And nitpicking? I get it now.

Yes, Christmas this year was made memorable by lice, gastrointestinal distress and more laundry in two days than I usually do in a week. On Christmas morning it was decided that we probably shouldn’t make our usual rounds, despite W sporting a freshly shaved head and snug toque, lest we spread more than love this holiday season. So we stayed home, and in fact still have unwrapped gifts under the tree to be opened at such time as we can be declared free and clear.

On the upside, there was this turkey – a 22 lb. heritage breed from Winter’s. Divine. Late in the morning we stuffed it, buttered it, salt and peppered it, and let the oven do the rest. There is truly no better potpourri/food foreplay than a turkey roasting in a warm house over the course of a day.

We ate at our house, at our table. There were 5 of us instead of 15, and we propped my laptop up on the table and opened our Christmas crackers on skype, kinda-sorta with the rest of the family at my Mom’s house, a few blocks away, on her laptop.

I made mashed potatoes and peas, and cranberries simmered with orange juice, sugar and a sprig of rosemary, gravy and Brussels sprouts with buttered pecans.

Santa brought W his own digital camera, so that he could document his own dinners. And dog.

This is my favourite photo of the week. Untouched.

Merry Christmas.


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9 comments on “Christmas

  1. Lorraine T
    December 28, 2010 at 4:49 am

    The turkey dinner looks delish! Sorry to hear that your Christmas was downsized this year, but on the plus side, it will be one to remember. : )

    Hope 2011 is better for everyone!


  2. Cheryl
    December 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Oh man! But maybe it was the kind of Christmas you need after so much hectic activity. Hope you are all on the mend.

  3. Laurie from Burnaby
    December 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

    What a great Christmas! Just small, for once. You can make up the crowds next year. Just enjoy yourself now.
    I loved the turkey. Lots of leftovers! You’ll have to show us the soups and pies you make from it. And sausages – have you ever tried turkey sausages?

  4. Erica B.
    December 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    This will go down as one of the most memorable Christmases you’ve celebrated. I love that W has his own camera now 🙂

    Wait a sec… dog?

  5. colesangel
    December 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    love W’s pictures 😀

    Merry Christmas Julie and family !

    sounds like one you’ll be laughing about …later on.

  6. Erica B.
    December 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    omg I must’ve been asleep the first time I read this – not a new dog “the dog”, that’s Lou in W’s photo (duh)

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