We hope the holiday season brings you all joy, health and a fully belly. Despite being a heathen, I still celebrate Christmas because there’s nothing like seeing a kid’s eyes light up when they get just what they asked Santa for. Sadly, it seems like every year retailers dig their claws a little deeper in us (I swear I was seeing Christmas shit in stores before Halloween), but hopefully everyone was able to enjoy some of the simpler joys of the season: time with loved ones, a white Christmas (in the Bay Area? Yeah right – I’m still golfing in sunshine), some heavily spiked egg nog and perhaps some prolonged lingering beneath the mistletoe.
Christmas Eve was spent with my brother Dean, his wife Anita and their daughter Natalie. We brought over the above Bone-In Pork Shoulder Roast with Sauteed String Beans and coupled it with one of Dean’s specialties: Sweet Potato Casserole with a Cobbler Crumble Topping. He also made a composed salad with a raspberry vinaigrette to start things off and we paired the meal with an unreal 2002 Cab from Steven Kent Winery.
For Christmas morning it was just me, Wifey, our dog Chopstick and Dean’s dog Mimi who is staying with us while her family is off to Hawaii. Forget kids getting excited to open gifts – I bet you’ve never seen a dog go buck wild over her Christmas gifts. Chopstick not only knows when Christmas day arrives, she knows exactly which of the wrapped gifts are dog toys. In fact, last night she got in trouble for going under Dean’s tree and opening one of the other dogs’ gifts. Here she is opening one of her own gifts:
This year I decided to go the “pampering” route for the Wife, so she got her favorite perfume, lotions and girlie stuff. I also self-gifted myself a new Samsung Galaxy II phone, but that is actually for work and was required as a result of losing my Blackberry at a boobie bar during a recent bachelor party (don’t ask – long story, as they always are). Above all else the favorite thing I opened this morning was the card below from Wifey. Of course I am not sharing what she wrote, but suffice it to say it made a bro’s eyes well up. Woman, you sure know how to tug at your boy’s heartstrings.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!