Simon, my parents’ cat, was on a quest for turkey last night. Enthralled by the idea of a bird larger than himself, he stalked that platter all through dinner, little gray nose sniffing the air feverishly. Even after the turkey platter had been removed to the kitchen and its remains packed safely in the fridge, Simon, undeterred, sat patiently at the dining room table just in case we might bring the turkey back for another round.
Hope springs eternal.
Anyway, we had a really nice time at my family thanksgiving in Richmond. We watched the parade and some of the dog show, had a scrumptious dinner, and then watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation while dinner settled.
Today we went out to lunch with some cousins of ours at the P.F. Chang’s at the Stony Point mall. I can’t believe we went to a mall. First time I can remember ever going to a mall on Black Friday, but it wasn’t bad at all. Plenty of parking spaces!
And now, the Christmas season, pretty much my favorite time of year. I am promising myself to just have fun with it this year. The tentative to do list:
- Watch The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
- Host a cookie party. Or at least bake and decorate my own cookies.
- Put up the tree of course.
- Go to some kind of performance or illumination. Lighting of the Lawn maybe, or a choral concert.
- Make a gingerbread house?
- Donate toys or food to a local charity.
- Listen to The Nutcracker.
- Make a gift or an ornament.