Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas on Pine mountain

Pine Mountain

It is the holiday season. It is a special time of year. The first snow has fallen dressing the pine trees all in white. Our roof has 4 inches of new fallen snow. There is a fire roaring in the fireplace. Our indoor tree glitters with ornaments and twinkling lights.


In the kitchen breakfast is being prepared. There are scrambled eggs, toast, and orange juice. We have oatmeal and bacon, milk and eggnog. Everyone is eating and talking of the presents under the tree. First rule for Christmas is breakfast before presents.
Breakfast is over now and we are all gathered by the tree. Our niece Grace who is 10 this year is the designated person to pass out the presents. Everyone gets 3 or 4 presents. There are many exclamations of ooh and aah as each present is opened. The wrappings are gathered up and each person is examing their gifts. There are Christmas cards and letters from far away. My niece Alisa is spending the winter in Saint Petersburg and she writes of celebrating Christmas at home with her cat and a good book that she wants to read. My nephew Scott and his wife Danielle have news that a baby is due in April. My sister Carol writes that it is just her and her husband Edward this year. Their boys are both married and are starting families of their own. We pause to remember mom who passed away 5 years ago this Christmas.


Morning is over now and sister Laurel, her husband John and Grace their daughter decide to go out and ski. Several hours later they return with rosy cheeks and we have hot chocolate and snacks waiting. Grace wants to play here new interactive video adventure. It is a story of trying to find a crystal key in a magic kingdom.


Dinner is ready now. We have turkey and and mashed potatoes, cranberry salad and sweet potatoes. We have corn and apple sause. For drinks we have V8 vegetable juice and milk, Coffee and tea. John has just opened a bottle of wine for the adults. Everyone eats until they are full then we have desert. This year we have chocolate cake and pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie is topped with whipped cream.


Dinner is over now and we all nap by the fire. We give thanks that we have all this abundance and are are able to share the holiday with our family. To soon it is time for everyone to go home.
Christmas is now just a Christmas memory. New years will soon be here. Merry Christmas to all and to all good night.