Meaghan and I had a superb Christmas this year. For the first time being together we didn’t travel, didn’t plan, didn’t really go anywhere at all. We simply took some time off to unwind and relax, and it felt great. By fortune of how the calendar fell this year I was able to get a twelve day break for only five days of paid time off.
We had put up most of our decorations shortly after Thanksgiving but took time on the 23rd for our final preparations. It was really nice to get a chance to decorate our own tree and lights this year and to enjoy setting up some of our own traditions for celebrating Christmas. I ran a continuous strip of nearly four hundred lights around the ceiling in our living room, up the stairs, and all along the main balcony. Our cats loved the tree, despite the fact that they tried to pull it over on several occasions, so much so that I ended up fastening it to the wall via two re-enforcing braces. Christmas decorations hung, we ran to the store to get the final items for our Christmas dinner. I managed to talk Meaghan into getting a twenty pound Turkey this year. Adventurous in some ways but a nice way to avoid having to cook for the rest of the Christmas break.
Christmas morning arrived with haste but without snow, much to Meaghan’s disappointment. However, the lacking weather did not hinder our enjoyment of the day at all. We were blessed with a veritable mountain of gifts from friends and family and spent much of the morning watching each other open our presents. Our bounty was too voluminous to list here without abandoning any sense of digestible brevity, some highlights for me including Assassins Creed II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and my new Sennheiser HD 280 PROs; simply the finest pair of headphones I’ve ever owned. Meaghan got me a hoodie (WoW themed!), which I love and have used every day. I have been wanting a hoodie for my daily walks to keep me warm and dry. It’s comfortable, light-weight, fleece-lined, and has a hood. Brilliance. Furthermore, as I was informed by several people at the local movie theatre, it is “full of awesome”. The girl at the box office pulled out her iPhone and snapped a picture of me sporting said hoodie to share with her friends. I smiled.
Meaghan got seasons 2 and 3 of the new Doctor Who (with David Tennant) on DVD as well as the new Beatles Rock Band, which is awesome fun. We had a blast singing and playing along to the early Beatles songs on Saturday and plan to do more of the same in the coming weeks.
We spent most of the rest of the day cooking Christmas dinner together. The turkey took around seven hours to cook, with fairly regular basting to keep it nice and juicy. Our efforts were well rewarded for it all turned out wonderfully and we enjoyed a lovely turkey dinner with a toast of champagne. Meaghan made mashed potatoes, stuffing, and crème brûlée for dessert, while I set the table and got the dining room set for a holiday feast. We were treated to multiple delicious courses and a thoroughly wonderful meal. ‘Twas the end of wonderful Christmas day.