Thursday, December 27, 2012

Notes From the Country

It is quite rare and very magical for it to snow on Christmas Eve here in our part of Colorado. But that's what it did. We were at church on Christmas Eve night. There is a large stained glass window behind the altar, and we could see it start to snow in the middle of the service. A little Christmas miracle. It was a beautiful drive home in the snow. 

  And at home, everything began to turn a Christmas white - not big, fat snowflakes, but little crystal-like snowflakes that glittered.

 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. All the presents were finally wrapped, my oldest girl had just arrived home the night before from her semester in Jaipur, India after a few harrowing days and missed flights to the U. S.
 And Christmas morning was beautiful. We always play Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" when the girls come in to the room to see what Santa brought them. Yes, even at 21 and 17 the magic is still alive and well here.

 All in all a fun, relaxing day, with family, new "toys", and lots of Christmas cookies. Oh and grasshoppers in the evening. You haven't heard of a grasshopper? They're a tradition in my family at the holidays. Mix equal parts Creme de Cacao, Creme de Menthe, Vodka (because we make them with Vodka), and light cream. Add 2 parts crushed ice and blend it up! Since this is such a old fashioned, retro drink, I think it best to serve them in vintage glasses. It really is a festive, delicious after dinner cocktail.

 We drank ours while watching our classic favorite "White Christmas" on Christmas Night.

Still dreaming of Peace on Earth Good Will to all.

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