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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas from me and all the family. It has been a great year. I want to share a little of our Christmas with you. Last year we had the tree decorated with Bolivian ornaments. This year we went back to traditional, without all the decorations. Too much stuff.

Start out with the tree.

The Bolivian nativity scenes. They have another story.

The nativity scene from Chile and the ornaments from the White House, DEA, Texas Capitol, and Texas Lottery. Gene gets the new one every year. The White House and DEA from Xochilt, our wonderful friend. The Lottery one comes from Jennie. Joanna always picks up the Texas Capitol ones for Gene so he can send one to Xochilt. They are beautiful.

Here is some posole for you. How much red chili shall I add? Actually this photo is from last year, we will start the posole, tamales and all the other good things this morning. Wish you were here to share with us. We will eat about 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. and open our gifts. Santa will fill the stockings tonight for Christmas morning.

Some biscochitos for dessert! It took Jennie and I three hours yesterday to make the cookies. We also made gluten free ones for me. By the end, you don't really care to eat them. (Not really, yummmm.)

And Snuggles, Santa's little helper in his usual mode and where we will all be by the end of the day. And Romeo in his Silent Night, Howli Night outfit.

If you try to call us today and in the morning the line will probably be busy. Gene is starting his Christmas calls. We don't send cards, so he calls as many of our friends that are far away as possible! Hope you have given me your number so he can call you!

We will have Joanna, Jennie and Larry here with us for the night and day tomorrow. Jennie and the grand-dogs have been here a few days. David, Lisa, Cole and Christy are at home in Kentucky and we will be thinking of them. Gene's Mom Frances is in Albuquerque and will be with other family members. I hope you are sharing the Christmas story, family, love, fun, good food and art (in any order!) where ever you are. Merry Christmas.

Thanks to our servicemen again. We are safe and free because of their service to our country. Wishing you/them a Merry Christmas where ever you are.

For my blog artist of the day, check out Marine Corps artist Michael Fay on his retirement. Wishing him all the best.


Jeanette said...

Beautiful images and wonderful food. You shall have a Christmas to remember.

Best wishes and kind thoughts for you and your family for the holidays.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Jeanette, Thanks so much. I'm sure you have a much more wintry time than we are. We are 45 degrees F. Not too bad, but cool for here. :) Merry Christmas back at you!

Bag Blog said...

Posole and tamales and biscochitos! Maybe if I leave now, I can make it to your house by Christmas Day.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, Homemade flour tortillas and beans, too. Come on down.. There is plenty! Are you getting snow? Our friend in Amarillo said they are getting some.

Bag Blog said...

We had lots of wind, snow, sleet, ice, etc. It made for an Okie mess. But we are all good today and hoping to get out to see the GGs.

Kimberly said...

Merry Christmas Jo! Was reading about all your baking and thinking...can't eat any of that and then read you are gluten challenged...me too!
Thanks for popping by my blog. Have a wonderful holiday, Kimberly

Joanna said...

Had a great time with y'all. Thanks, Mom! And, Merry Christmas...one more time. Hugs...

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, I will have to pop over and read about your day. We did well, glad you kept the snow up north. (Evil Grin

Kimberly, Thanks and Merry Christmas. I add corn starch to the chile, too, instead of flour so I can eat most of it. There are lots of new food ideas out now. Try the Quinoa pasta. It is so much better than the rice or corn. Anyway, nice to see you!

Joanna, we love you and had a great time. Your lost gift is on the way! Hugs.

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