Alas, my goal to blog daily until the end of the year fell short. NEWS FLASH: I am not perfect. But, I’m picking up the typing wand again this morning to share the joys of the Christmas season here in Durham via time with family (even through Google Hangout), delicious recipes, and tasty libations.
Growing up, we actually opened presents on Christmas Eve after church. I have found this piece of family history to stun people, especially those from the South. On Christmas Day, we opened our stockings (or socks) and then I would open presents from Santa (insert only child spoiled reference). As I got older and had to navigate the multiple Christmas celebrations, opening presents on Christmas Day became more common place. Aaron’s family tradition was also Christmas Day, so we’ve made that part of ours moving forward.
Some fun things Santa brought to me under the tree:
- University of Arizona t-shirt, car magnets, towel (Bear Down!)
- Dehydrator (Eager to try!)
- Socks (lots of awesome athletic socks, including neon colors)
- Crate and Barrel Six Pack Plates
- Vegan cookbook
- New clothes from cAbi
- Mango slicer
- Ice scraper (!!)
- Collapsible measuring cups
- Tickets to see Brett Dennen at the Carolina Theatre
and other super generous items from family, friends, and Santa.
Post-wrapping paper explosion, it was time to eat into grub. Because we had so much of this incredible vegetarian chili leftover, I opted to delay making the Glazed Apple Walnut Loaf for a few days.
Super delicious and heaty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili
Holiday Salad with Apple Cider Cinnamon Vinaigrette via Eat Spin Run = AMAZING (this is on meal repeat)
Christmas Plate 2013
Wow – isn’t that just a beautiful sight!
Other treats for the holidays including opening our 2012 Fruitcake from Fullsteam Brewery. Wow: it was smooth, still quite a lot of bourbon-flavor but not so overwhelming as it had been on draft.
I couldn’t open the 2013 Christmas Ale from Anchor Brewing until the actual date either:
It wasn’t quite as good, in my opinion, as previous years. Not enough spice and body for me, but still enjoyable.
After food and taking a midday walk, another family tradition of mine has always been to see a movie on Christmas Day. Aaron has helped maintain the tradition for our two North Carolina Christmas celebrations, as we ventured to see American Hustle. I highly recommend it – between fantastic writing, stellar acting performances from Christian Bale/Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper/Amy Adams/Jeremy Renner/Louis C.K., thoughtful cinematography, and delectable fashion, it’s a winner. Great plot twists as well: I found myself vacillating on how I felt about each character, and where I finished is not where I expected. Enjoy!