First married Christmas
December 26, 2009 § 1 Comment
It’s a Carolina Sapphire, 7.5′ tall. I love how it looks blue against the green of the other trees. Because I’m the wifey with a camera, I was more designated to take pictures of our pretty tree…while Robert cut it down:
The farm supplied little hacksaws that were fairly well-used and a little worse-for-wear. Robert had to saw with great vigor to get the tree to finally come off its stump. After we cut down our tree, it was loaded for us onto a flatbed trailer, and we took a hay ride back up to the front of the land. We only spent $40 altogether, which was such a thrill–we knew we couldn’t really afford a nice Frasier Fir otherwise. And I think I like the Caroline Sapphire better!
Even though her arm was off, we still put her on top of the tree. She’s a little special, but she’s our special angel. We might consider replacing her next year. Maybe not. It’s not like our guests complained that our angel was one-armed.
I received the complete Nativity set last year for Christmas, to my utter delight, and the very thought of getting to use it for Christmas in my house this year was so exciting.
Faced with feeding guests who do not have dietary restrictions, this host and hostess had to give a lot of consideration to the meal and dessert. We ultimately decided on delicious grilled (and breaded! so decadent) chicken breasts. For the dessert, we splurged on an organic, gluten-free chocolate cake mix and gluten-free dark chocolate icing mix. I handmade both the cake and the icing. I made the icing in my KitchenAid stand-mixer, and it came out ridiculously fluffy and light…it was like whipped cream!
This cake was so delicious!! We were skeptical at first about it being a gluten-free, soy-free chocolate cake, but it turned out so moist and amazing. It tasted like the regular stuff, but cost a lot more. I’m just glad that we found something we like that we can make again (like for Robert’s birthday, for instance). Happy me! 🙂
We were concerned at first that the surgery would affect whether or not Robert would be able to enjoy his Christmas. And, this being our first married Christmas, that was a fairly major concern. He was on a strictly liquid/mushy diet for the first few days, but each day it seemed like he was able to eat something a little more solid than liquid. We celebrated Christmas with my family the weekend beforehand, and my mom made Robert a hearty soup while the rest of us ate turkey. To my astonishment and happiness, five days later, he enjoyed ham at his grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve, and turkey at his mom’s house on Christmas day! I’m so glad he got to have a sort of traditional Christmas, too. The surgeon told us that he would feel pretty cruddy for about a week or so after surgery, and then all of a sudden: bam! he would feel great. I think that’s exactly how it’s happened. Most importantly, of course, is that he’s breathing so much better, and I have a very good feeling about the next cold and flu season. I don’t think he’ll have as many sinus infections and sore throats from now on, considering his sinuses are much wider than they used to be, and his tonsils are nonexistent.