I am writing this from the quiet of my home, on the day after Christmas. It is dark out, everyone is sleeping and I am sitting here sipping coffee, enjoying my tree and its blinking lights. I love mornings like this and I can not help but feel thankful and blessed for my Christmas weekend and family. So here is some randomness about my weekend and the week leading up to it.
Monday to Friday: Life
- I worked out 4 days. Running. Weights. Full body workouts. Still going strong with a 6 week program with Amanda Tress.
- We have a small studio apartment that needs to be completely refurbished. So I had 2 estimates done, chose the person to do the work then went and picked out tile, countertop and flooring. So many choices !
- Did some cooking. Yummy roasted Brussel sprouts ! I was craving these and I found a recipe where you flavor them with oil + balsamic vinegar.
- More cooking, wrapping, cleaning and some last minute shopping.
On Christmas Eve we go to my SIL’s and on Christmas, we are all at our place. So Saturday, I decluttered, cleaned & double checked my menu. We went to pick out bread to go with our foie gras. Fig is typical, but we also got pistachio / cranberry. It was SO.GOOD.We also went to the market with my husband to pick up what we needed. Saturday evening we went to mass with my husband’s entire family. It was from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. By the time we got to my SIL’s and sat down to eat it was 10 p.m. On the menu :
- Apetizers with champagne
- Starter : fois gras
- Main dish : lamb with semoule
At midnight we opened some gifts, then about 1:15 a.m. (yes !) we had dessert. I was home, in bed by 3 a.m. We don’t usually open gifts that evening, but one of my niece’s wouldn’t be there Christmas.
Christmas : Pure joy
I am an early riser, no matter if I went to bed at 3 or not. So I was up early, and waited for everyone else to awake. We were opening the rest of our presents by 10 a.m. Santa was very nice to me.
We then got ready for Christmas lunch. There were 16 of us. Everyone was here by 2 p.m. The menu :
- Appetizers of foie gras (yes, again. This is very typical in France around the holidays) with champagne
- Lunch was beef roast (we bought 7+ pounds of meat and the 16 of us ate.it.all). We had also made sweet potato puree with vanilla, roasted potatoes & salad.
- No cheese ! It is too much.
- More chocolate desserts, family recipes.
Then we skyped with the part of my husband’s family who are living in Africa.
Most of my nieces and nephew are now in college or working their first job. We don’t all live close so it is wonderful to have the time to catch up. Seeing them grow up, gain independence and start their professional lives is so wonderful. It is interesting, out of the 10 who were there…. we have 2 doctors, one surgical nurse, and people working in banking, wine, luxury good, international relations, and an upcoming artist and engineer. They are buying their first apartments, traveling around the world, but very few are settling in just yet !
It was a wonderful weekend.
I wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a wonderful new year ! And special thoughts to those who are alone, suffering, have lost a loved one or do not have a reason to enjoy the holidays.
And that’s a wrap !
Tell me one thing you enjoyed about your weekend !