This holiday season may have been our most ‘quiet’ of all since we’ve been married. It was devoid of all the usual accouterments. I made sure that gift giving, decking the halls and time with family and friends didn’t get in the way of our normal routine. Proper planning made everything possible, but most of all, our conscious effort on streamlining our activities was the best thing that we could have ever done. Seeing the people that are near and dear to us was done in phases, and they were made to understand and they respected our decision.
For our Thanksgiving dinner ( being that most restaurants are closed on that day), there could have been no better choice than go to our fave diner. If you recall last year, my husband chose pancakes for dinner. We made progress this year, as we both opted to have ‘normal’ light dinner and capped with a luscious ending of Strawberry shortcake.
With my husband’s looming conversion to Catholicism, Advent was a big deal in our household. Initially, he wanted to have an Advent wreath here at home. Of course, it elicited a lot of laughter from me. He was delighted to see the first candle lit in church during the first Sunday of Advent, as the symbolism of the candles has taken a deeper meaning to him. I finally realized a couple of weeks later that I had to take a snapshot of the advent wreath before it was taken down from the altar in church.
We also witnessed the annual outdoor Christmas tree lighting in church. This year, the new Pastor went for a live tree and everyone is hoping that it will be the parish’s tree from this year and the many more years to come.
The tree is huge, but in my humble opinion, it needs more lights. What do you think?
After being outdoors for quite a few minutes, with a live sax player around for the lighting, we had to stay much longer than expected even if it was bitter cold. We couldn’t help but go for a hearty Japanese bento box from Sarku Japan for dinner right after. Although considered fastfood, taking out food from this place never fails to satisfy our Japanese food cravings.
At Whole Foods for our usual weekend food shopping the weekend before Christmas, they had this outdoor roasting pit and they were dishing out freshly roasted chestnuts for free. I have to admit that the taste of freshly roasted nuts on an open fire was divine!
While the day of Christmas eve turned out to be dreary, wet and windy all day, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the man who is about to be Christian. My husband was really geared to attend Midnight Mass in spite of inclement weather. But true to HIS words, the sky opened up and everything turned calm by 9 p.m. We had a late Christmas eve dinner, took our sweet time until we were ready to head out to Church for Midnight Mass.
This bowl of clam chowder soup was perfect after a windy, rainy day.
Yes, your eyes are not fooling you. These are french fries with gravy. It was kinda yucky to me, but my husband wanted it. Call it the night of indulgence 🙂
We certainly didn’t finish these decadent treats within half hour. We slowly savored these treats because we have significantly cut back on indulging to treats like these. Hey, it’s Christmas so we were willing to pack on the calories. The fruit flambé and chocolate cake was perfect for the occasion.
The night could not have been more perfect. It was calm and temps rose to the 60’s. Suddenly it was Spring in Winter. Celebrating with the congregation was really sacred. We were finally home by 1:30 a.m.
The real reason for the season – commemorating the birth of Jesus.
I wish I had a better shot but this is the best my point and shoot could do 🙂
I hope you all had a peaceful and meaningful holiday. Till next year.