Saturday, December 26, 2009

fal la la la la la la la la

deck the halls with boughs of holly . . .
although i didn't deck the halls of my school with holly, i was singing christmas songs (sans lyrics) all day. working on christmas eve was a first for me, but i guess it's just one of those things that comes with the territory. thankfully, christmas fell on a weekend--otherwise, it would have been just another normal day at the office.

tis' the season to be jolly!
i wasn't sure how i was going to handle being away from home, but thanks to supportive friends here and thoughtful family back home, i'm happy to report that it was a pretty good day.

we're not just pretending to smile: making our video helped me get in the jolly ol' christmas spirit.

don we now our gay appearal . . .
jill and i agree that christmas morning pictures are usually pretty hideous. so for obvious reasons, i'm only including one picture. and it's of jill--not me. here she is opening her packages from home. (the tv screen in the background just happens to be of our video that took all night to upload to YouTube.)

see the blazing yule before us
strike the harp and join the chorus . . .
after opening presents, we went to my apartment building where we joined our friends, jen and hannah, for a special breakfast. we had quite the spread, complete with cinnamon rolls, pancakes, fruit, eggs, and even bacon(!).

follow me in merry measure . . .
we followed highway E22 out to al gharbia to enjoy christmas dinner with frances and several of her friends from madinet zayed. while we were there, we ate, talked, celebrated, and a few folks got very, very merry.

this is a view of my salad on the table. there was really so much food, it was ridiculous. i brought 2 salads: a green salad with homemade dressing and homemade croutons and then a festive looking tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad.

while i tell of yuletide treasures . . .
getting to skype with practically everyone from my family and tell them all that has been going on lately was a highlight of the evening. thanks to frances and her kicking internet, i could actually hear and see them! (this isn't always the case--the connection in my apartment leaves much to be desired.) while we were talking, my dad, wendy, and the boys were willing to put on their new christmas outfits for me. i love it.

don't these two boys look cute in their baby kanduras?

fast away the old year passes,
hail the new ye lads and lasses.
fa la la la la la la la la.

sending you lots of hearty "la"s and even more wishes for your christmases to be happy and special and merry. i hope they are the perfect ending to your year.

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