27 December 2007

Christmas in 13 Bullet Points

Christmas has come and gone, leaving pine needles and presents, sleep deprived children and many empty wine bottles in the recycling bin. Here are some of the highlights:

1 – raucous game of Mille Bornes, because someone was making up the rules and we spent so much time putting him back in his place with the rule book that he didn't want to play again (though we still love him).

2 – apple confections to bookend Christmas day: apple French toast for breakfast, and apple clafouti for dessert.

3 – batches of cookies made by me (ginger thins, cinnamon clouds, and candy cane crisps).

4 – Christmas ornaments received: 1 pair of pointe shoes, a snowman, a Santa Claus and a fuzzy sparkly red ball.

5 – CDs received: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Bonfires of São João, La Radiolina, We'll Never Turn Back, and The Polish Diva's Polka Party.

6 - copies of the Banksy book Wall and Piece that were floating about, either given or lost in transit, I think (we had trouble keeping track).

7 – articles of clothing received by Miss M: two dresses, one shirt, one fleece pullover, one pair of silver plastic mules with pink marabou trim, one pink feather boa, and one pink petal tutu.

8 – grownups at Christmas dinner: me, my mother, my husband, my brother, my sister and her husband, and two spare adopted family brothers, because we fed the children hot dogs and turned on a movie so we could have dinner in peace. How's that for the holiday spirit?

9 – gifts of food and drink received by me and W.: a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a box of Arborio rice, a bottle of balsamic vinegar, a box of crystallized ginger, a bottle of dessert wine, a package of Beignet mix, a bottle of sherry vinegar, 2# of red popcorn, and one jar of duck rillettes.

10 - lords a leaping...

11 – handmade objects that I’ve given away (or will be, hence no photo!).

12 – picks and probes in the kit I gave to W. – for woodworking, not dentistry!

13Princess Diana died when her car hit the thirteenth pillar of a tunnel in Paris, on August 31, 1997. What does this have to do with anything? I gave copies of the Tina Brown bio of Princess Diana to both my sister and my friend Peter.

And yes, we unveiled the fruitcake. It had become dust - and so we buried it.

21 comments:

shoshana said...

That's a lot of apples there. :)

Sober Briquette said...

It sounds very festive, though I fear I may still have nightmares about that fruitcake.

jen said...

dude. that sounds so fabulous. now play us some polka music.

susiej.com said...

Too bad about the fruitcake -- I actually like it! I'd love to have that bios too.

Kelley said...

I love that you buried it rather than just throw it out. Perhaps plant a rose or something on top and then a flower can be part of the Christmas table decoration.

Julie Pippert said...

You buried it...BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

What a list! I need photos of the lords a leaping.

Julie
Using My Words

niobe said...

mmmm.... Veuve Clicquot.

I hope we get to see a picture of Miss M dressed in some of her newly-acquired finery.

Melanie said...

A burial at sea, perhaps? I hope it was dignified.

storyteller said...

I clicked on the link to your blog at Melissa's as I checked her T-13s a day late this morning. Nifty way to review your Christmas as "bullet points" ... I'm sorry I missed the "Lords a-leaping" this year, but I did discover Straight No Chaser who sings about them in their unusual version 12 Days of Christmas and enjoyed them so much I made this week's T-13 about the group’s unique a’capella performances.
Hugs and blessings,

Danielle said...

The moral of the story....it only takes 20 years for a fruitcake to decompose. I've learned my, "something new," for today. Thanks! Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas.

Waiting Amy said...

I played Mille Bornes as a kid! In fact, I noticed that my mom still has it in the coat closet, and thought how I'd like to have it for when J gets older! So funnny. I thought no one knew that game!

Sounds like you had a lovely holiday, I'm so glad.

Mrs. G. said...

This sounds heavenly. May I suggest borrowing the pink feather boa from Miss M and wearing it while you drink the Veuve Clicquot.

KC said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. All the mentions of food and drink were especially appreciated. Now. must. eat.

.: Brandy :. said...

Great List! Mine is up too!

painted maypole said...

mmm... beignets. i have never tried the mix... especially now that I have a cafe du monde about 2 miles from my house. was just there a few weeks abo.

pootandcubby said...

I haven't played Mille Bornes in ages. Sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas.

-andi

the dragonfly said...

Ahh! Mille Bornes!! I learned that from my friends in middle school who have family in France. This is really random...but do you know where I could get this game? Especially with instructions in English!! If you do..you could email me at dragonflywings27 AT yahoo.com. I was just thinking of this game a few days ago, and wondering how I could get it! (sorry for the over-excited ramble...)

Randilin said...

Millie Bornes what a great game I haven't played that in ages.

I was just surfing through the Thursday 13 and came across yours. Sounds like you and your family had a great holiday season, sorry to hear about the Fruit Cake. Saddly they don't last as long as people like to think..

Randilin
http://betweentheticks.wordpress.com

Mad Hatter said...

Oooo, Banksy. You know, I think you and I would get along swimmingly.

Julia said...

Sounds like an excellent celebration.

And I feel so clued in to know who Banksy is. But only because I heard a story on the radio a few days ago. :)

Victoria said...

Mmm. Beignets. A belated Merry Christmas to you. An early Happy New Year!