I opened my eyes at about 7am and the first thing I did was look out the window.Â Yep, it was snowing.Â There was a dusting on the ground and steady flurries, making my Christmas in New Hampshire idyllic notion complete.Â A White Christmas.Â I read for a while and at about 8am, my sister and brother-in-law came in to get the (really nice) keyboard they bought for my nephew, to set it up in the living room.
At about 9am, I wandered out into the living room and the Christmas tree was lit up and all the other lights were lit up as well.Â Shortly after my nephew woke up and the gift opening commenced.Â First off — stockings.Â My first ever Christmas stocking and Santa brought me a clementine, lots of chocolate, an Honest Tea half and half (useful for my return bus trip to NYC), a box of Angry Birds gummies, and a bottle of deep purple sparkly nail polish!Â YAY!
The haul was pretty impressive all around.Â I got lots of chocolate (Lindor Truffles), more gummies (Haribo!), a pair of beautiful handmade earrings (by my sister), wonderful pajama pants, a mix CD (Sir Mix A Lot — so named by my nephew), and lots more little goodies.Â We followed opening gifts with a traditional breakfast of bagels, lox, and cream cheese (that’s a traditional Christmas breakfast, right?) and then there was more lounging, reading, and music listening to take up the rest of the morning.
Early afternoon included another long walk with my sister and Ket, a little colder, a little more damp, but the snow had stopped during the morning and mostly just left a melting dusting behind.Â I whined a little about the walk, but again was glad I’d made the effort.Â Back at the house, more reading and relaxing followed by a ridiculously delicious dinner of roasted lamb with chimichurri sauce and homemade apple pie for dessert.
We’ve just finished watching an episode of Man vs. Wild and my sister and nephew are both sacked out on the couch, trying in vain to fight sleep, while my brother in law putters around the house.Â I’ve rallied enough to write this short synopsis of another lovely day on my Christmas Adventure in New England.Â An early night seems inevitable (with a good book awaiting me once I get into bed).
Tomorrow some more relaxing and then heading back home…