It's Boxing Day here in Canada, and John and I are spending the morning relaxing before we head off to Montreal for work and/or family visits. (Work for him-- I managed to score the next few days off, and am avoiding the Boxing-Day shoppers.)
This was a good Christmas. We opened our stockings on Christmas Eve, and then I made a roast
beast with red wine and a rosemary mustard crust, Yorkshire puddings, roasted potatoes and carrots, and a red wine gravy. There was supposed to be a (store bought) plum pudding for dessert, but we were too stuffed. The thing is still in the fridge, because we didn't get to it last night, either.
Santa brought us a king-sized duvet (which he cleverly bought at Sears for $40 while on lunch break from the
workshop). We opened it Christmas eve, so we could sleep under it that night. In our stockings, we had much chocolate (Santa also went to Laura Secord and bought out half the store). John got a Stephen Colbert desk calendar, a DVD of that heartwarming Christmas classic, Die Hard
, and a gift card to HBC. I also got many gift cards, the I Can Has Cheezburger? book
and a new Earthchef
chef's knife. The cats got some toys and treats, and a plastic thingy with bristles that you attach to the wall so they can rub against it. So far, Mojo loves it, and Butterscotch is indifferent. She'd rather lie on flattened wrapping paper.
Yesterday, John went for a Yuletide run through the park, because he won't get much chance to do it in Montreal, but it was cold and wet and slippery, so that didn't last long. I made Monkey Bread
. (NOTE: Next year, I am totally using store-bought bread dough. The bread did not turn out the way I wanted it to, and it took forever. The dough was too wet, and I think that's why it didn't turn out the way it was supposed to. It was still good, but not as sticky-bun like as it should be.) We opened presents and drank egg nog lattes and listened to Barenaked for the Holidays
in front of the
Ambient Fire DVD
firelpace. I gave John two sweaters, some books, and stuff for the Wii, and he got me Tin Man
, a gift card to buy a new pair of Chucks, a Wii game, Doctor Who
series 4 and a Donna Noble action figure.
Later, our friend Michele came over, and we had a nice relaxing afternoon of wine and chat and a Doctor Who
Christmas Special Marathon. We opened it with The Unquiet Dead
, since it's about Christmas and has Charles Dickens and also Nine being awesome, and closed with The Next Doctor
. Michele brought Tourtière and homemade cookies and we had Christmas crackers and those little chocolates filled with booze. We gave her an Earthchef skillet and a copy of The Bro Code
, and she gave us DVDs of The West Wing
and Gilmore Girls
All in all, it was the perfect way to spend Christmas. Friends, good food, booze, and Doctor Who
. Really, what more do you need?
Here's hoping that everyone out there in Flistland had a Happy Holiday!