Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Looking forward

We had a nice couple of days, visited by my daughter, her husband, and their daughters; ex-daughter-in-law Kat; granddaughter Amber; and grandson Arick and his sweetheart, Heather.  None of them received a present from us, but they showed up anyway.  We ate junk food all day yesterday and today:  Cheese ball and crackers, hamburger dip and chips, and various things I had dipped in almond bark.  My favorite Christmas cookie these days consists of peanut butter between two round crackers, dipped in chocolate-flavored almond bark.  If you haven't tried this, you MUST!  The daughter and her husband brought me a huge can of Topsy's popcorn we've all been munching on.  Oh yes, it's been an eating marathon around here.  
I got Cliff a DVD about his current favorite brand of tractor, "All About Olivers".  Since portions of it were filmed at a tractor show that we attended in Iowa, it was especially enjoyable.  
We like watching "Country's Family Reunion" on RFDTV.  I found an excellent buy on a four-DVD set, "Country's Family Reunion at the Ryman".  If you go to that link, pay no attention to the price they're asking; I found it, used, for $49.99.  I got this as a gift for my husband, but it was for me as much as for him.  The old-time country artists (those who are still alive) get together and talk about the old days and sing their hits from the 40's, 50's, and 60's.  You'd have to be as old as we are and love country music to appreciate it, but it's right up our alley.  I also got Cliff some shirts that feature his favorite tractors.  He got me some gloves and (YES!!!) some new Muck Boots!  The tall Muck boots I bought three years ago are still in fine shape, but my shorter ones were totally worn out.  If you live in the country, if you take walks in winter, if you wade through mud to do any sort of chores at any time of year... you need to part with a handful of money and get some Muck boots.  

Am I the only one who breathes a sigh of relief when Christmas is over, even if it's been a wonderful one?  I'm pretty sure this was true, even back when I was a child.  It's good to see life getting back to normal.
Now we can hunker down, get through winter (looks like it may be a bitter one this year) and look forward to spring.  

10 comments:

Donna in TEXAS said...
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Donna in TEXAS said...

Im always glad christmas is over

Margaret said...

I'm always relieved when Christmas is over, but this year I can't wait. It's been so very hard.

Shell said...

I'm always happy to get it over with. This year we bought new laptops. (So romantical, eh?) And Jim got the latest iThingy.

I told him when we first got together that any lingerie needed my approval, so he bought me a Calphalon roasting pan. :) Hey, he couldn't screw up the size on that!

Jon said...

Donna, we ALL breathe a sigh of relief when Christmas is over (although some people won't admit it). It sounds like you had a pleasant day. By the way, I love junk food!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

The best part of Christmas is having those we love to celebrate with. Glad you had some family there to share all that good food. Your treat of crackers and peanut butter dipped in chocolate sounds wonderful. I'm going to have to try that one out...maybe at New Years when I have some one here to help me eat them. Yep, this winter is starting off snowy and cold here too. We are under a blizzard warning for the next 24 hours.

CountryDew said...

I love Christmas Eve. Christmas Day - not as much. I think I am a child of anticipation. Like you, I am usually glad it's over and we can return to some semblance of normal.

Forty Pound Sack said...

I do. I love the season but, maybe because the retailers have started shoving it at us in September, I'm ready to move on about three minutes after Christmas dinner ends.

darev2005 said...

I'm with you. Always glad to get the craziness over with and get things back to normal again.

Melissa Wiggins said...

Christmas is not about the gifts, but the families who share in the food, the memories, and the times spent together. You had these things in abundance -- as did we. Home now from Houston with our only "real" family member, Will's adopted sister Wendy, we had a bountiful and full Christmas and we are looking forward to better health in 2013. MGW