Well, to be quite honest, I thought this Christmas was going to be different. I had high hopes that we would be able to travel to Europe, maybe. And yeah, yeah, we *could* have, technically… but we are still not ready to travel, not with Omicron and all.
So we did what we do best: make Christmas as festive and wonderful at home as possible, even if it’s just the two of us.
I started Christmas Eve morning off with a Holiday ‘swarm ride’ with my Peloton Streakers group. It was awesome to get a workout in first thing in the morning and see so many friends on the leaderboard. It put me in a really good mood!
After a hot shower and some coffee, I briefly spoke to my family in Germany who was on the way to Northern Italy for a skiing vacation. I am glad they were able to go and I know they are navigating everything as safely as possible. I had truly hoped that we could join them for this trip, but that was not in the cards this year.
In the afternoon, I set our table and prepared our dinner. As you know, I always make a point to plan a nice meal, print a menu card, and decorate our table. We’ve come to embrace a quiet and cozy Christmas. It obviously doesn’t make up for the fact that we can’t see family, but putting in a little effort surely helps make the holidays a little bit nicer.
This year, we made pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy, homemade bread dumplings (my Mom’s recipe!), and red cabbage. If that sounds familiar, then you’re not mistaken. We made a very similar meal last year.
For dessert, we opted for our go-to apple cake with whipped cream. It’s quick and easy and just simply delicious.
Stuffed as we were, we retired to the couch and the fake TV fireplace shortly after.
On Christmas Day, I had scheduled a Skype date with a family friend and my aunt, who were both alone at home. It was nice to connect through videocall with them. As I mentioned somewhere before: if we can’t see each other, at least we can “virtually” visit. Much better than nothing.
I only watched ONE Christmas movie (A boy named Christmas) this year (a new one!) and I am trying to be okay with it. I mean, it’s not mandatory to watch Christmas movies and there’s no specific number of movies that you are expected to watch (I know that!)… and I just opted to read (a lot more) this year over the holidays.
A gift I didn’t expect was the Friends – The Apartments Lego Set. If you know me, you know I love Friends and I had so much fun putting together the “Central Perk Coffee Shop” two years ago. Are you jealous? You should be. Turns out, you’re never too old for LEGOs and I can’t wait to start working on this set.
And as always, the holiday cards that I received over the last few weeks put a huge smile on my face. Thanks so much to everyone who sent out cards this year. It’s been so nice to hear from all of you. It truly made the holidays that much brighter.
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and made the best of this year’s ongoing pandemic situation.
How did you celebrate?