Our Christmas 2017

We went to a candlelight service on Christmas Eve and had a white Christmas followed by a burst of sunlight. Wayne also opened some surprising gifts.

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The moonlit sky on Christmas Eve was beautiful.

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The pews were full soon after.

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Christmas morning.

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(A gag gift).

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Wishy and Chippie “chipped in” with my help and gifted us an original watercolor portrait painted by an artist overseas. Thankfully it arrived in time.

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Their spelling isn’t perfect. Wayne thought they wanted us to have a Messy and not Meree Christmas.

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We had a very white Christmas.

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The less than romantic side of New England living! That’s hearing protection for when he runs the snow blowah.

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I set the table Christmas Eve and used my late Nana’s musical rotating Santa as the centerpiece. I’ve cherished it since I first saw it when I was very little. I miss her. This is my first Christmas without her.

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Santa makes way for the rib roast!

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Standing bone-in rib roast is a tradition in my family and one worth keeping.

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Potatoes and onions roasted in meat drippings is also a Christmas dinner tradition. And speaking of onions, I did our Christmas dinner shopping a few days in advance, but I had the feeling I was forgetting something. Then Wayne went to get a few last minute things Christmas Eve. The grocery was a madhouse, of course, and we were glad we were all set. And that’s when I realized I had forgotten the yellow onion! I texted my neighbor and she did not have one, but it just so happened that her husband was at the grocery! She texted him and a big beautiful yellow onion showed up soon after. Here’s to good neighbors!

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It was wonderful and rare, the only way to eat it (in our family.)

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For dessert I made an upside down spiced applesauce walnut cake, the recipe for which I adapted from an antique cookbook a different neighbor had gifted me. It had belonged to her grandmother.


Wayne and I both loved the cake so much that we’re going to make it our own new Christmas tradition.

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It’s even more delicious with coconut ginger ice cream on top!

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I’m very grateful for my aunt. My Nana has given to me, and then mailed to me, a Christmas stocking my entire life. Basically it’s a large carton full of luxurious treats, chocolates, dried fruits and nuts with a stocking on top. My Nana made my aunt promise she would continue that tradition after her passing and she is good for her word. My aunt also sent us the realistic flickering flameless taper candles now on the mantel. We placed them inside a pair of Wayne’s 1960s India brass candlesticks that he and his friends used to hold candles at their hippie-esque parties. They still have authentic flower power era wax drippings!

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After a beautiful meal and snowy day the sun burst through the clouds as it set.

Wayne and I are going to have another Christmas this week when we meet his brand new grandbaby (a boy!) for the first time!

11 thoughts on “Our Christmas 2017

  1. The dinner was even better than it looked! The snow is a nice touch for the day, but it can go away tomorrow if it wants to. Merry Christmas to all. One of my favorite memories of this Christmas will be reading “The Shiniest Star” (a Christmas story from my earliest holiday memories) to Averyl last night just before bed.

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