I'm [momentarily] sick of hunting spammers and need some holiday cheer. What did you get for Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus this year? It doesn't have to be something material, could be as simple as a break from work, time with family, or a really good meal.
I did not get much of a break from work, or time with family, as they all live far away, but I did have some wonderful dinners with my partner's family, and received a sewing machine!
I got to spend just about all day Christmas Eve with hubby, daughters, sons-in-law, and the 8 grands. It was great! We passed out candy at the nursing home, went out to lunch, and put out food for the squirrels, rabbits, opossums, foxes, raccoons, and birds. We also gave our feral cats extra treats. That night, we had a big party, where we read the Biblical Christmas story to the kids, ate goodies, and exchanged gifts. After that, our closest friends came over.
One of my best gifts was a large collage made up of pics of the grands. I also love my new Paula Deen cookware. I just used it for the first time!
I've never heard of Sonny's, but whew boy, if you're ever in Texas, find yourself a Rudy's BBQ. It's a lucky thing I live in California or I'd be wearing pants at least a few sizes bigger because of that place.
My partner's dad did make some melt-in-your-mouth ribs for Christmas dinner this year, but it's just not the same...
What yummy dishes did you all indulge in this season? (No self-imposed guilt allowed.)
Thanks, if I ever get out there I'll give them a try. I did not have too much different to eat on Christmas, but I now have lots of chocolates from my mom who always buys me those Swiss Family Colony gift foods.
I got a few days off work (I'm back tomorrow, which is why I'm avoiding the 'abbreviation game' tonight), a couple of good dinner invitations, a new watch, tons of chocolate (I'm eating some right now), and I've managed to write five Hubs, bringing my total up to 40!
Nobody bought you a present, KCC? I just keep on about things I want, and eventually people buy it for me, just to shut me up. I needed a watch that matches gold, so kept complaining that I didn't have one, and now I've got one. Black and bronze - I think I mentioned it before ...
I made something really different but yummy - chocolate Bugles! I made a filling of peanut butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and butter and stuffed it into the Bugles. Then I dipped the ends of the Bugles in melted chocolate.
We also had some crab-stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon, meatballs, boiled shrimp, crab cakes, pigs-in-blankets, cheeses, fruits, dips and spreads, crackers, chicken strips, and homemade candies and cookies. I made some great wassail, too.
I had someone contact me through HP asking where they could buy one. I told them about the Amazon link on my Hub that talks about my avatar. Someone (I assume them) bought one the next day and I made a few bucks.
Awwwww elf hats...that's cute. Being from Texas, we always called them tornadoes. Of course, you have wear one on each finger before eating them. Although, your variety might be a bit messy to do that with.
Oh darn! I didn't even think to look in The Sandpit for this topic, so I started a similar thread on Hubbers Hangout.
Amazing the diversity of people's holidays!
I got two gifts worth mentioning (plus the one in my Hubbers Hangout thread, of course)
1. My son gave Hubby and me a generous weekend away at our favorite hotel on the Sonoma Coast. Can't wait to put the kayak on the rack and head over for some refreshing ocean air! 2. Got to spend an awesome Christmas with my family. I have come to really enjoy my sister and brother! So sad Hubby's family is in tatters. But we have mine, and that's neat.
I got bunch of flowers, chocolates, cooking ware from my sister, hair dryer etc..and money from my father (he still gave me, I am old already). I used the money to buy china vase and china ware plus a wallet (my old wallet is tattered).
It was fun, the nicest gift I received was my baby who has some difficulty talking (she is 3)told me, I yab yu mommy! Meyi Kismas..something like that..
Happy New year to all, and best for the coming year of the rabbit...
I got a Kitchen Aid Mixer. The pretty red one I have been hinting about for months. The one chef's use on the Food and Cooking Channel, the one Chef Ramsey has in his kitchen. That mixer!
My husband gave me my gift on Christmas eve incase it wasn't the one I wanted. Not to my surprise it was the wrong color, it was the white one. I was happy it was the mixer I wanted but I just wasn't happy about the color. He asked if I wanted it changed and I told him that it was fine I would keep that one. It looked so plain in white, I couldn't see myself getting inspired to bake. It was ughhhh, I dont know, I just may be crazy! Maybe I'm the only nut that feels that way about certain colors....
Anyway, he took it back and got me the red one. When I took it out of the box I was so excited. I dont know what it is but that shiny fire engine red mixer just got me! I was in love! LOL.
After more than a dozen years of living in the Sierra foothills, we had our first visit from a bear -- a small brown bear with a tan muzzle. It was three o'clock in the morning and he was trying to get into the duck aviary. We found out that bears can turn on motion sensor lights.
For Xmas this year, I got a lovely pair of amethyst stud earrings, a box of Turkish Delight (my favourite sweet), a poster of my Labrador X, a soccer ball mood light, and the one thing that I ask for every year... sox! I also got to host Xmas dinner for the first time (at 38!), and told to move back home by Mum due to my deteriorating health.
Ok ... for Christmas I got a new dragon charm, a pair of scarves (I love warm outdoor wear), videos, 2 x teddy bears, a small keepsake box, calendar ... lots of sweeties and other small bits and pieces.
Best part about the day was the fact that my adult sons stayed over Christmas eve, so me, Simões and my three kids all got up together and opened gifts.
The next best thing was the dinner over at my sisters.
With all the kids sitting on Santa's knee telling him those items they want more than anything, made me think about my childhood days. What did you want more than anything in the world, how old were you and did...