With the tree standing guard in the library and stockings hanging heavily by the fireplace, I await the activities of the day. For my wife and I, Christmas Day consists of two assaults. The first assault comes ashore at 0900 as children, spouses, and grand kids arrive for a morning of exchanging gifts and Christmas breakfast. For breakfast, I am on duty as short-order cook as I prepare made-to-order omelettes for the breakfast bar. After Wave One activities subside, we clear the decks to prepare for Wave Two. The second assault commences Christmas evening with our traditional Christmas dinner when family and friends reconvene.
Today will be a busy day filled with festivities and preparation. For now, however, a few hours of solitude remain before the house awakens. Just enough time for an enjoyable and quiet session at the painting desk.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!