Hope everybody simply had a wonderful Christmastime!
Mine's been good so far.
Got a pretty good haul presents-wise: a flannel shirt, two pair of pajamas, a stained-glass box of candy, a Netflix gift certificate and two DVDs: "The Ladykillers" (the new version with Tom Hanks) and "A Mighty Wind."
The highlight of this time of year was a Christmas Eve party in Fullerton. It was at the home of Mr. Loehr, a family friend of my brother-in-law. He's a retired engineer in Germany, and he's been around the world!
He and his Swedish wife put out a big buffet every Christmas Eve, and invite friends to celebrate with them.
Their buffet was stocked with things like sausage, meatballs, red cabbage, even something they called "Swedish sushi," which was just slices of raw herring.
One tradition of that house was the serving of gluug. It's a traditional Swedish cocktail of mulled wine with raisins and almonds. I'd been at the Loehr household last year, and I didn't have any gluug, as I'm not a drinking man. But I took a snort this year. I didn't really care for it, but at least the cups are small.
Their house is amazing! They have tchotchkes everywhere from all over the world. Most of the knickknacks came from Africa, as Mr. Loehr had worked in Liberia. One room I like to call the "African room." He's got things on the walls like tribal masks, animal skins, a couple of antique guns, mounted butterflies in glass cases, etc. Plus there's a world map with little pins marking where he and his wife had been in their lives.
We didn't stay that long, unfortunately. But I made sure I didn't leave withouth the dessert they serve, rice pudding!
Anyway, I'm hoping to go back next year!