Monday, December 25, 2017
Quiet, stay-at-home Christmas...
It has turned out to be a quiet, stay-at-home, cozy Christmas for Hubby and I. The whole lot of us (kids and grands and us) came down with the Christmas Crud (stomach virus) this past week and even before that, so we all opted to stay at our homes and just take it easy, recover, and not have our traditional Christmas Feast on the day.
As it always is here on the ranch, the winter feeding chores must be done no matter whose birthday it is or which holiday celebration is happening. The Sons managed feeding the calves and thawing out the frozen water tanks. After our morning coffee and a little breakfast, Hubby and I went to feed the cows and sheep. It was -6 degrees F when we left so the livestock were very happy to see us pull up. I thought the black cows' faces looked so cute with their whiskers all frosty white. The sheep came on the run and were absolutely crazy for the salt blocks that were alongside the water tank. It's funny, they know where the salt is, but they don't think about going to it unless they go down for a drink, and they don't drink much when there is snow on the ground.
I always think fondly of livestock on Christmas Morning, wondering about the animals that might have been in the same barn as Jesus was. How strange to have people lingering so long and not going in to the house. I wonder if Joseph might have had to feed some hay to cows or sheep or mules that morning while Mary suckled a warm baby Jesus, tucked in close beside her -- full and content.
For our Christmas Dinner, I made a simple roast beef with potatoes, onions, and carrots all in the same pot. The gravy that comes from that combination is the best! As we enjoyed our salad and dinner, I popped a cherry pie in the oven. I like to make mine with a mix of frozen sweet and tart cherries. Hubby says it's his favorite pie. Here it is, hot out of the oven. We'll let it cool and have it for afternoon coffee along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Oh! speaking of ice cream, do you ever put a small spoon of ice cream in your coffee? It's a nice treat once in a while.
It's been a quiet day for us, the first Christmas we've spent "just the two of us". We've enjoyed it, but it's different from the rowdy houseful of kids and grandkids that we are used to for holidays. We will all celebrate together very soon though.
I hope you're enjoying this day when we remember the Reason for the Season -- Jesus!
Merry Christmas, friends!