No five golden rings today, though if there had been I might have sold them to pay for the eye and dental exams for daughter #1, home from college, and the annual veterinarian visit for the kitties. The only rings today is likely to see are the rings of calamari as part of tonight’s dinner. I am accustomed to having squid quickly fried with some spicy marinara on the side, so it will be interesting to see how the braised calamari turns out. Even though we have plenty of holiday leftovers (roast chicken and the remains of a vegetable platter in soup for lunch today) I couldn’t pass up the rarely-seen fresh calamari at our local grocery store.
Otherwise, this little Christmas-New Year’s break is turning out much like others, kids going off here and there, trying to get a few things done that we don’t ordinarily have time for when we’re both working, and gradually taking down Christmas before everyone goes back to work or school.
Boxing Day, the feast of St. Stephen, the second day of Christmas, or just the 26th of December. Depending on your point of view today is any – or all – of these. After all the work, all the build up, I simply cannot have Christmas be only one day. And, truthfully, Christmas is more than one day for many who celebrate it anyway. It often isn’t possible to have everyone together on the same day, and we organize gatherings according to the various circles of our lives – co-workers, friends, and family.
Last weekend we spent time with friends in Orono, the previous Thursday we had an employee appreciation/holiday lunch at work, spent Christmas morning at home, the rest of the day with my mother, and will spend tomorrow with my wife’s family. The decorations will remain up until after New Year’s. Then the Christmas tree will come down, as will all of the other decorations, until January 6th, when the 12 days of Christmas will end. On that day we will light the candles – or whatever is left of them – that started with one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, way back on November 29th.