Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009

This was a great Christmas—but hot! Truthfully, it was among the hottest Christmases I can remember (our air conditioning couldn’t keep up—we’ll be checking that out!). The official temperature hit 24, which means it was more like 29 (that's 75 and 84 in US temperatures).

The photo above is our spread. Nigel was in charge of the BBQ and did a wonderful job (as always). His sister was on salad duty. The photo below is of our traditional New Zealand dessert: Pavlova (and don’t let any Australian steer you wrong, it’s a New Zealand invention!). It came from The Cheesecake Shop—highly recommend their Pavs.

We watched movies, music videos and just plain relaxed. A very nice, relaxing day, in other words—Like Christmas should be, I think.


Anonymous said...

the Pavlova looks delicious! & the rest of the food served family style made me smile.
oooooh I'm a poet. LIVE your tree! Merry Christmas to you & Nigel.

Thanks for sharing & podcasting!

M. Sage

Michael said...

That was supposed to say "Love your tree" oh well.

Roger Owen Green said...

Merry Christmas, Arthur.

But I must say 80 degree weather doesn't sound that bad.

Arthur Schenck said...

Michael: Well, Michael, you can live or love the tree—whichever you want! Interesting thing, though: I had to explain "family style". Frankly, like most people these days, our table is too small for any other option for a meal like that.

Thanks for the good wishes! Same to you, and I hope you have a great New Year!

Roger: Thanks Roger! Same to you and your family! Yeah, to my mostly-thawed Chicago blood, 80 at Christmas isn't all that bad—OUTside. The problem was that it was quite hot in the house, which made it uncomfortable. On the other hand, it made my traditional Christmas Day nap even easier!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you didn't make a pav. Thats the kiwi tradition

Arthur Schenck said...

In past years, someone's made a pav, but it's extra work and the Cheescake Shop's are so good, why bother? They take orders for what you want and have them ready for pick-up during a couple hours on Christmas morning, leaving everyone free to take care of the other bits and pieces. All things considered, it's a good—and convenient—way to go.