Saturday, December 25, 2010

Another Christmas Come And Gone

Christmas at my mother's was short lived. A major coastal storm was brewing, and everyone wanted to get home before the roads got dangerous. It snowed all the way into Richmond, and all the way back out into the Piedmont on my return trip, but because VDOT crews had treated all the major roads in advance, the snow wasn't sticking to the highways yet. Today I'm afraid, will be another story as the storm moves off shore and intensifies, drawing in copious amounts of Atlantic moisture. Predictions for my neck of the woods aren't too bad. So far I've only got about 2 inches and a total of 3-5 inches is all that's expected, but Richmond could get as much as 7-8 inches before its all over tonight. The poor folks up in New England I'm afraid, are really going to get hammered, with anywhere from 1 to 2 feet of snow! This is shaping up to be a classic winter nor'easter.

Despite an early departure from Mom's condo, we all left with our bellies full, having had a sumptuous Christmas meal. The main course was roast turkey, but this unfortunate bird was apparently the victim of some horrible farm accident, because it came sans wings and legs!'s succulent breast meat was a perfect companion to the wonderfully seasoned stuffing, steamed asparagus, cole slaw, and mashed potatoes. My sister also made a cranberry and orange relish, and a delicious sweet potato casserole topped with pecans. Lemon meringue pie, and butter pecan ice cream topped it all off.

My sister was there, with her daughter, and so was my brother-in-law and his daughter. He hung around for dinner, although she didn't, preferring to have Christmas diner with the family of one of her friends. At just 22, she was 20 years younger than my other niece. Who could blame her for not wanting to spend Christmas evening with a bunch of old folks.

My brother-in-law was well behaved this time, except for one unfortunate incident. Despite protestations, he insisted on dropping his pants to show off the Christmas underwear his new girlfriend gave him!

I hope all of you had a good Christmas, and that you are all safe and warm!

Melissa XX


Caroline said...

! What do you lot get up to at christmas, no wonder you wanted home early.

Must be a new genetically modified turkey, ours was like that too!

We ranged from 25 to 85 and kept our clothes on and after a month of snow hardly saw a single snow flake all day. after five weeks of snow and ice we have had enough, this is past a joke.

Glad you are home safe, take care.

Caroline xxx

Two Auntees said...

Ok, ya gotta describe the new underwear, were they reindeer or santa or what, ya gotta tell us.

Be safe going out and about in the snow and stay warm.

Melissa said...

@ Two Auntees

That's just the thing. They weren't really Christmas themed. They were just regular old white boxers, with inside jokes scribbled on them with a Sharpie.

Did you gals get any snow down your way in Georgia? I heard Atlanta had it's first white Christmas since sometime in the late 1800's! I hope you had a great Christmas. I enjoyed the Gregorian chant you posted.

Melissa XX

Melissa said...

@ Caroline

What can I say? My brother-in-law has no shame! Although physically fit, and gentlemanly at first notice, he has no trouble at all, summoning up his inner Onslow!

Safe and warm here. Hugs!
Melissa XX

Stace said...

What can I say... Glad you enjoyed the most part...

Onslow? You know Onslow? Or is that an American version that I don't know? :)

Happy new year,

Caroline said...

You clearly watch too much british comedy!

Caroline xxx

Calie said...

Merry Christmas, Melissa. It was white (I assume)!

Calie xxx

Lisa Maria said...

You have good taste in Comedy. I havent watched that in ages.

Rachel said...

Ha ha, love the Onslow reference. Perhaps you were summoning your inner Hyacinth :)

Belated Merry Christmas

Rachel XXX