December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas to All...

Christmas Eve is spent at my home… on the years we are here. It is easier for the family as my sister in law works in retail. I do Christmas Eve dinner and she does Christmas Day.

So the masses were here tonight and dinner was excellent. My husband and father in law made a Calamari sauce to go with spaghetti and I made a beef tenderloin and horseradish butter with Diana potatoes, steamed green beans, zucchini casserole, salad, and TGOO made an Asagio bread. Dinner was very very good.

Dessert was a King cake, traditionally eaten during Mardi Gras, but TGOO makes an excellent King cake and we have it on Christmas Eve, with whoever gets the baby (aka Baby Jesus) receiving Good Luck for the new year. I also made a German Chocolate Pie.

My five year old niece got the baby this year (yes, it was rigged) and it was worth it just to see her pure excitement at getting the baby. She was so funny, telling us in her Mickey Mouse voice, “At first I thought it was a seed!”, which I thought was funny since it had a cherry and cream cheese filling… I’m not seeing any seeds in this cake.

Mr. T and Bones sang The Little Drummer Boy, with Ringo on the drums and TGOO playing the tin whistle.

And then… for our activity… good Lord you can’t make this stuff up…

We had to have an activity. Bones said.

About four weeks ago, in Social Studies they learned about Mummification. Last year the 3rd grade teacher had them mummify a chicken, but evidently it smelled so horrible, this year, all the kids mummified their own apple. The parents brought in gauze and salt and the kids mummified it… complete with creating its own sarcophagus.

Flash forward… our activity was… to UNWRAP the mummified apple. That’s what we did after dinner. Bones presented his mummified apple and then unwrapped it.

It was like watching a children’s version of some science show on Egypt, where they unlock the hidden secrets of a crypt, opening the grave.

Except it was an 8 year old and an dried up apple.

I’m still a bit puzzled as to his logic line on how unwrapping a mummified anything on Christmas Eve would make an EXCELLENT activity for us, as it was told to me. Baby in swaddling clothes? Mummified Apple? It’s the best I can do.

And so to begin ending this post, my answer to Jay of The Extended Table and the Meme he tagged me with.

1.Wrapping paper or gift bags? – I love to wrap.

2. Real or artificial tree? Wow, I’ve been blogging on this all season. We have a fake tree, we’re plastic people, but this year it’s real. It was real, it was fun, it was real fun, but we’re done. (Favorite answer is Erica’s… she’s a burning bush kind ‘o gal. That cracked me up.)

3. When do you put up your tree? I like to put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving, but that is not always possible. To me, that’s when it should go up. Watch the Macy’s Day Parade with Santa at the end, enjoy Thanksgiving, and then that Friday, put the tree up and decorate for Christmas. But… our lives are hectic and it’s tough, so it is usually 1 December or the first week of.

4. When do you take the tree down? Either the day of the Epiphany or the day after.

5. Do you like eggnog? Not so much. First, I don’t drink. Second, its texture. It’s a bit too thick and icky for me.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? – This is a tough one… mmm… I loved the Christmas I received a Barbie camper… but there was this very fun doll I received while spending Christmas at my Nana’s house in Toledo. She had long brown hair, wore a purple outfit, and played the guitar. That would be the doll… not my Nana. My Nana had wonderful white hair, played Poker, and drank vodka.

My favorite gift as an adult… My kitchenaid mixer that my husband gave me two Christmas’s ago. Good God I love that thing. If I had a million dollars, I’d redo my kitchen just around that frickin’ mixer.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? – Yes. It was a gift to my husband and me for our first Christmas from TGOO and Hubba.

8. Worst Christ gift you've ever received? – I’ve never received a bad gift.

9. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? – Mail.

10. Favorite Christmas movie? – Well, I love the Christmas Story, but I always also loved The Little Drummer Boy on TV when I was a kid and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. (I always cried when watching the Little Drummer Boy…)

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Pretty much all through the year, although I know I spend more when I do that. So… I am trying to shop the week before Thanksgiving more. Odds and ends for stockings are done the week before Christmas.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? – Wow. Dessert. If there is ham and cheese grits, the grits. If there is pie… the pie. I love Christmas dinner. In our house, tradition is a BIG Christmas Eve dinner, so the women don’t get stuck in the kitchen Christmas Day.

13. Clear or colored lights on the tree? – On my tree it is colored. On the house? The house is outlined in white lights, bushes are colored, trees are either red, white or blue… on the trunk, but palm frons are done in white. Mmm… and one white reindeer, new, as my other two are dead.

14. Favorite Christmas song? – And just as Jay’s, my favorite is Oh Come Emmanuel. I love that song… A fun Christmas song experience, however, was the kids’ music teacher had the kids sing some song and then on the 4th stanza, the parents sang Silent Night. It still tears me up at how beautiful it sounded. She said it was a ‘partner song’. Very cool, very cool…

My tree has the gifts under it and Santa has arrived. I’m the last to turn in for the evening… my being awake in my quiet home as everyone is nestled all snug in their beds… while visions of unwrapped mummified apples, dance in their heads.

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you, From the House of Boudicca to… Yours.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Boudicca at December 25, 2007 12:11 AM | TrackBack

Make sure you explain to all what a King Cake is. I had one mailed to work which was instantly woofed down by the I.T. department and one guy had the nerve to complain about almost breaking his tooth on a piece of plastic. I gave him three piece of advice:

1) Don't eat food if you don't know who brought it.
2) Don't eat food that you don't understand.
3) That piece of plastic was the Baby Jesus. Show some respect.

Needleess to say, I never bought another one. I now just put out M&M's in a trough.

Have a Merry Christmas, Bou & the Bouettes.

Posted by: Jerry at December 25, 2007 12:28 AM

A very Merry Christmas to all of you Bou! It sounds like you're already having a wonderful time. :-)

Posted by: Teresa at December 25, 2007 12:36 AM

Christmas = Mummification? Am I missing something?? Oh, God, and cheese grits? Can those be mailed to me, somehow -- sans the ham?

I've rambled enough. Allow me to wish you and your very large, lovely family a very wonderful, merry Christmas.

I'm with you -- it's time for bed.

Posted by: Erica at December 25, 2007 12:40 AM

Merry Christmas to you and your family. We thank them for the blog fodder and you for so wonderfully telling the stories.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at December 25, 2007 02:32 AM

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Bou!

Posted by: lex at December 25, 2007 04:15 AM

Where's the picture of the 'unlocked secret'?

Posted by: flam at December 25, 2007 04:37 AM

Merry Christmas to and your wonderful family, Bou! :D

Posted by: pam at December 25, 2007 07:39 AM

Jerry- Perhaps King Cake is a Southern tradition? French? I'm not sure. I should look it up. But TGOO makes a GREAT King cake and its like chips... you can't eat just one. Piece. M&Ms in a trough would be where I work! Merry Christmas, Jerry!

Teresa- It just keeps going and going... we now have a Webkins Reindeer that Bones named Rigor. As in Mortis? I don't know. My Mom thinks it is funny that on the Eve we dealt with a mummified apple and on the Day we have reindeer named Rigor.

Erica- You and I are missing the same thing. I'm not getting it at all. Wouldn't this be more of an Easter activity? Oh and one day, I promise you I will make you my Mama's cheese grits. They are THE best.

Jim- Thank you and you know what? I don't blog on 9/10ths of the stuff that goes on here. There is so much I forget. Or what it comes time, the day has just worn on me and I can't even find all the words.

Lex- Merry Christmas to you and the Neptunus family. Let's hope this New Year is a little calmer... fire free would be a good thing, eh?

Flam- Damn. What was I thinking? Picture this evening. I am off to take pix!

Pam- Thank you and Merry Christmas to you, Arthur and Bree. Let's push for another hurricane free year! ;-)

Posted by: Bou at December 25, 2007 09:42 AM

merry Christmas

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 25, 2007 09:50 AM

Can't have a baby without a "mummy."

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Bou!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at December 25, 2007 09:56 AM

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at December 25, 2007 11:29 AM

It sounds like you had fun, I hope you have a very merry Christmas.

Posted by: Contagion at December 25, 2007 03:54 PM

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Ann at December 25, 2007 04:08 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Posted by: Rave at December 25, 2007 06:49 PM

King Cake and cheese grits? And your still upright enough to write...very impressive. and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to The Bou, her Keep, and her Keeper.

Posted by: Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper at December 26, 2007 04:41 PM

I was going to ask what a King cake was ... but I think I get it now. However, where would you find a baby Jesus to bake into a cake? What a strange custom! How did that start?

As to the Christmas mummification activity ... that is funny!!!! Just don't leave the apple around where someone will accidentally eat it.

Speaking of mummified foods, our ten year old, who has been pestering us for a fruitcake for the last two years (because he's never tasted one), finally got his wish. He has a whole fruitcake to finish, and I don't think he'll ask for another one. Next year, he gets the cheese log he's been singing about.

I hope you are all full and happy! Merry Belated Christmas!

Posted by: Peggy U at December 26, 2007 09:42 PM

You can buy baby Jesus' by the gross in Louisiana. King Cake (it's really more a sweet bread/pastry) is traditionally served at Mardi Gras. Every truly Southern bakery prepares King Cakes sometime after New Year's - even here in Houston. Everyone with a Louisiana upbringing (New Orleans, in particular) has their own favorite type of King Cake (frosted, filled, dry, spiced, etc.) and their own preferred bakery from which to procure it. TGOO's sounds particularly delectible with the cherry filling. Yum! What a cool dessert to have at Christmas.

Merry Christmas!
God bless.

Posted by: Momotrips at December 26, 2007 10:37 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Posted by: vw bug at December 28, 2007 07:53 PM