Liturgy on Christmas morning was so beautiful!
I kept saying that
this was the day I am always waiting for, that and Pascha!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
It was a lovely time
and we had a Christmas coffee hour after
with fried chicken, eggs and sausage and goodies!
Mr. Husband in the afternoon did our second annual Christmas day
Trader Joes run (Since our Christmas is in January and thus
stores are open!)...
We also went to a really good running store in Princeton that I had
been wanting to go to as a good friend had told me of it;
while I am not going to take up hard running, I need to do more serious
walking and needed shoes that would be good for a bit more impact.
The store was excellent and I got exactly the shoes I had been wishing for!
At Trader Joes I was able to stock up on some nice soaps,
chocolate covered almonds (!!!!),
and for the first time got some steel cut oats and a friend
told me of this recipe that I may try at some time.
On the second day of Christmas Mr. Husband and I had a lovely
Christmas dinner together!
We used our Christmas dishes for the first time!!
On the first day of Christmas I was given
a lovely serving dish in the Christmas Tree pattern!
I just love it!
We got really good take out for Christmas dinner:
Ginger Mango Glazed Chicken as an appetizer
Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs with potatoes and
roasted Brussels sprouts!
It is a very big meal and we have lots of left overs to have
a second Christmas dinner tonight!
(Kind of Hobbit like, with second breakfasts!)
Our Christmas Time table cloth, from a dear
friend for our wedding...
A salad and clementines added to the meal,
also with goat cheese and cranraisins for the salad,
and a cranberry whole cranberry sauce that
I kept on hand in the pantry.
Of course we used our silver that we had gotten
at the big rummage sale in our first year of marriage...
A bit of gravy and a dinner role...
Mr. Husband, when he saw the restaurant included a dinner role,
was quick to say,
get out the butter!
As our waiter in Quebec City said on our honeymoon:
"everything is better with butter!"
It was a lovely meal!
I had a beautiful Nativity Christmas card on display on our
Christmas table as well...
After our Christmas dinner we
had our Christmas treats and chocolaty Chai tea!
Did I mention that I just love our Christmas dishes? :)
My Grandma Ruth's gift to us and to all the Grandkids
was a lovely tin of baked bars!
Date bars, brownie bars, lemon bars, chocolate chip bars, and more!
We also have some lovely Christmas candies that
we were given this Christmas!
We opened presents from our friends that night
and I got one present from my beloved husband...
A beautiful book on Greek Myths!
It's a treasure!
We are going to enjoy the 12 days of Christmas and open
our presents a little at a time!
Blessed and Happy Christmas to all who are now celebrating!