Buon Natale

25 December, 2010
Rat Fink

Blessed Christmastide to all my fiends this day, and for those observing the liturgical calendar, every day until the 6th of January.

I hope you derived great joy from giving and receiving gifts this year at Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. A special treat for me this year was watching my grandsons disappear into their own quiet little world on the living room floor, playing with blocks, binoculars, a car and a school bus while the adults talked and laughed and gave and received around them. Yes, Christmas is a time for craziness with shopping and baking and getting everything done, but it’s also a special occasion for remembering and reinforcing the importance of love in a family. We pulled that off in grand style last night. Many thoughtful and fun gifts were shared, and much fun was had.

The only thing missing this morning is our annual Christmas Day trip to Detroit, courtesy of the $700 we forked out for a car repair last week. Delightful. Oh well, no worries. Instead, I am going to play with the new toys the Thriller gave me:

All-Clad Emerilware stainless cookware set

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Italian chicken tonight, with pasta and garlic bread.

What did St. Nick bring you? Anything fun? I hope so. Happy Christmas to all!

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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
25 December, 2010 10:55 am

Happy Chrimbus Fink! Glad to hear you had a good family Christmas gathering. We need to get Alphonsus back from Seattle so you and he can do some cooking with that stuff.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Thanks and same to you, TH. And we definitely need to get Brotherman back here for a cook-in. Remember our medieval feast one year in celebration of your hatching day? That was the best roast beast ever — back when you were eating roast beasts. We can do something similar (albeit beast-less) next time, too. Looking forward to it!

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Will
Will
25 December, 2010 12:30 pm

I continue to be jealous of all of the beautiful Christmas Toys you get for your kitchen. Hope you have a merry Christmas.

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BoomR
BoomR
25 December, 2010 6:05 pm

I **LOVE** the new cookware!! You never mentioned what Thriller got, though I hope it wasn’t a lump of coal! LOL I got a new Dremel because my old one sort of bit the dust (http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Tools/Pages/ToolDetail.aspx?pid=8200). The “obsessed-with-my-new-iPad” BluVox got one of these from moi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTP3dZEaFhM It works on both iPhone & iPad. We decided that, instead of getting each other something more substantial, that we really needed to replace our washer dryer (our version of $700 car repair). Unfortunately, when we decided to re-arrange some laundry room cabinetry, we discovered that a) the jackwagon former owners tiled **around** the… Read more »

Skylar
Skylar
25 December, 2010 10:29 pm

:) My parents are helping me buy my school laptop (it’s also part of my birthday present, because the one I wanted was not the cheapest).

By the way, the little guys are too adorable!

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Rat Fink Reply:

That is great, Skylar — that little box will be your life! And thank you for the kind comments — those boys bring me such great happiness.

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Suzanne
26 December, 2010 4:10 am

A belated Merry Christmas to you and the family! Sounds like you had a nice time. ReplyRat Fink Reply:December 26th, 2010 at 7:27 amHey Mrs. Postbode! Did you have a good Christmas? Was de Kerstman good to you? ReplySuzanne Reply:December 26th, 2010 at 1:56 pmYes it was “rustig, or restful. Christmas is more of a restful time, gift-giving is done mostly with Sinterklaas in early December (which we don’t celebrate). Mom sends us a small box if gifts, though, so we have a little something to open on Christmas Day. It’s actually a relief to not worry about gifts and… Read more »