Friday, December 23, 2016

In The Christmas Spirit

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Merry Christmas.  Happy Hanukkah. Happy Kwanza. Happy Saturnalia. Basically -- have a HAPPY whatever-you-celebrate with friends and family this coming weekend/week no matter what your holiday persuasion.

My characters from  the Lotus Bay Mysteries (Tori Cannon, Kathy Grant, Anissa Jackson, and Noreen Darby) wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The holidays change over the years. When I was little, it was all about Santa. If my brothers and I weren't good -- or quiet, or go to bed on time (if not early) -- then Santa might not come. Then later, when we were older, we didn't expect him to come at all--but the presents still came.
Growing up, it was just the five of us ... but then when I was a teenager, we suddenly started celebrating the holiday with my mother's half-sister and her family. And that continued for many happy years until my aunt's health began to decline, so Mr. L and I started hosting Christmas for my parents, Mr. L's mother, and my younger brother and his wife and daughter.  These days, it's just Mr. L, me, my brother and sister in law. But we still have good, food, nice drinks, and fun presents. (I can't wait to see my brother's eyes when he opens his presents this year!)

A big part of the holidays is the food.  This year, I haven't make any holiday goodies, and I didn't make much last year, either. Too many calories. But we're going to have prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, rutabaga, and squash for dinner.  (My brother makes the best squash -- and he never eats a bite. Doesn't like it.  Go figure! Sorry about the peas in the picture -- couldn't find one with squash or roasted potatoes.)

How will you spend this holiday weekend?

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