The Christmas tree selection seemed pretty pathetic this year. Our usual U-cut farm had already shut down for the year. And Tom wasn’t willing or able to cut one of our trees down. So after driving around we found a Christmas tree farm where the trees weren’t quite as pathetic. And I cut down this tree and drug it back to the truck.
It is much smaller than our usual trees, and I knew would not be able to hold all of our ornaments. So I was initially disappointed. But I decorated it with the most important ornaments (especially the older ones) and the tree actually looks really good.
I get a peaceful feeling just looking at it. No one else will see the tree this year, but it is still nice to have in our home.
Traditionally Tom put his Mopar ornaments on teh tree himself. He has not done that yet being slowed up by his knee. But they are waiting for him.
My family’s Christmas Eve will be via zoom this year. But I am still planning on having my grandfather’s egg nog like I have almost every Christmas Eve of my life (non-alcoholic when I was a child). Here is the recipe:
The handwriting on the left is his and on the right is mine with his suggested whiskey. I couldn’t find George Dickel earlier so bought a bottle of Four Roses. They did have a special George Dickel at Compass Wines yesterday after I bought the other, but it was pricey so I am still happy with my choice.
This year though, I will be pasteurizing the eggs. Salmonella is a known trigger for reactive arthritis so I am being extra careful this year. Here is the technique that I will use: link.
So the pandemic Christmas prep continues.