Friday, December 24, 2010
Christians and Pagans
Today is the day. Our "holiday".
It is not so much a celebration of any one particular saviour, since, well, I do not believe that. I'm ok with any of the pagan-like traditions.
It's more a gathering of family - and trust me, there are days I do not believe in that as well.
Yesterday my father turned 90. Today my mother turns 82. A few weeks ago we celebrated an uncle's birthday (90 as well) and his brother (also an uncle) is 92. I have almost zero chance of getting out of this life early - unless I opt to stand in front of a bus. Depending on how long I am with my family, it's a distinct possibility.
Anyhoo - our one big day is today. My parents, my sisters (or three quarters of them) and their husbands and spawn will descend upon our house. We provide liquor, mixers, some appetizers and a big space for them to be comfortable in. They'll bring additional food and there will be tons left over.
We no longer attempt a sit-down dinner. First, none of our places has a table for that many folks, the coordination of eating is too complicated and mostly, the kids are too frickin' excited to sit and eat anyways. We find heavy appetizers are just fine for the occasion.
We'll have shrimp and I'm going to attempt a ham and cheese puff pasty thing, so we'll see how that turns out. Also there will be crudite, cheeses (cheeses, not jesus!) and fruit salad. ....and any assortment of desserts. As always, I've made a run to Peterson's Nuts to fill little bowls around the house.
This way, everyone can sit instead of running around trying to make things work. Invariably, someone (my mother) always misses things as she is trying to get food ready and she can't relax on her own birthday. It's the way to go.
As far as the entire holiday has gone, it's been so-so. We never got cards out, or even bought them. Denton's and my gift exchange will be light, I'm sure. I'm happy to spend the actual "holiday" as just the two of us. I have plans to make a spicy tomato soup that I'll share with you as I make it.
Maybe there will be a movie.
But this morning will be some final prep, after the gym, that is. Then it is family family family.
Song by: Dar Williams