Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

Family.Today is Christmas! It’s not even remotely white this year — the weather is around 60°F today and was in the low 70s yesterday. How crazy is that?! Despite the warm temperature, it’s not very nice outside — it’s rainy and foggy and muggy. I think this year set new record highs, which obviously is concerning in regards to the whole global warming thing.

Grandma with grandchildren.But back to Christmas. I cooked dinner as always. We invited Danya’s parents, Lina and Lёnya. We also invited Misha, but he had other arrangements.

Thirst?This year I was not sure if we’ll be inviting anyone at all, since kids were sick (Arosha since Sunday, Anюta since Tuesday), but they got better by Christmas Eve, so everyone came over.

Braised beef and potatoes.I cooked my regular repertoire — beef braised in red wine, potatoes with garlic and dill, tomato and cucumber salad with feta, radish and scallions salad with Greek yogurt. By Danya’s request I tried to make Sangria on the base of white wine, but it was nothing spectacular. Just an OK drink, no better than plain wine. Oh well.

Tired?Unfortunately, our evening got a bit spoiled by neighbors downstairs. We’ve had issues with them since the very fist day we moved into this apartment, but the things kind of escalated lately, so we even had to call the police after the neighbor got so angry that he almost hit Danya’s dad with his fist. We are in compliance with all the requirements of our co-op and really tried to be nice to these people as much as we could. But when you’re dealing with completely inadequately behaving, constantly rude and abusive people who seem to have lost all the perspective one can only take so much.

Us.This year, maybe because of the weather, I did not want to get a live Christmas tree. Danya was on the fence — in fact I think that he would have liked a real tree more — but he did not care THAT much, so we got an artificial Christmas tree like I wanted. I hope we’ll be able to fit it in one of our closets after the holidays are over.

Reading.Oh, one more thing that I think is cute and worth mentioning. When I was peeling the potatoes and cutting vegetables for salads in the kitchen, I wanted Arosha to read to me, so I told him that I am bored and asked him if he could help me out and read to me. Arosha happily agreed and read four books from Tug the Pup series. I was so happy and proud of him. He can’t read well yet and its hard work for him, so I am glad that he does not resist it like he could have. I remember very clearly that when I was learning how to read, it was so hard and I hated it. I hope that he will read a lot, just like I did after the initial learning curve.
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