There you are! We’ve been waiting for you. I just brewed up a warm cup of pumpkin spice coffee complete with cream. If you don’t care for pumpkin spice, I have some vanilla, too. The steam is rolling off of the top of the mug and it smells divine!
We’re so glad you could make it. I love that Buttercup has taken to you, too. Being a golden retriever, she loves everybody, but to see her standing there at the door wagging her tail the moment you came in really warms my heart. Oh! Watch where you step, it seems like our little Hobbes is really taking to you too. Don’t worry, he’s a typical cat, he doesn’t really mean to trip you, it’s just his way of showing love.
The turkey will be out of the oven in a little while. I cook it upside down in a butter sauce so when it comes out of the oven, the breast is soaked in butter and so tender it slides right off the bone. I’ve been working on the mashed potatoes. It takes a while since Larry loves his potatoes and I need to make enough to feed everyone.
I tell you what – while I’m working on dinner, why not curl up on the couch? We can watch It’s a Wonderful Life (oh, I know, it’s a sappy old movie but so wonderfully written and beautiful) or A Christmas Story, or maybe even ELF. Oh, I know I’m terrible, but I always giggle all the way through ELF and we can all plop down on the couch, kick up the recliner bits, and watch the movie while the turkey cooks with warm mugs of cocoa or coffee. Buttercup and Hobbes will curl up with us and it’s always so warm and inviting.
Maybe after dinner we can go drive around looking at Christmas lights and singing Christmas carols. We usually do it on Christmas Eve, but let’s do it while you are here. It’s all about fun and family anyway, right?
There are some gifts for you under the tree, I hope you liked what we picked out. Papa Larry got that thing you’ve been asking about for months, and… well, ok, I’ll tell you, I got you socks. I admit it, I got you some warm, fuzzy socks. They’re not boring, though, they look like cat paws. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended if you don’t wear them in public. There’s a nice gift under the tree from Jade, too. She wouldn’t tell me what she got you, but since she’s out of college, has her own job, and thinks the world of you, I’m absolutely sure it’s something nice.
ELF? Great choice!! Too many hugs? Nah, we can never have too many hugs, just don’t giggle so much. You’re lovely and we love you and we’re so very, very glad you’re here to spend the day with us. I really don’t care if you’re Christian or not, it’s about the season, right? Love, kindness and all that. It really is my favorite time of year and I’m so very, very glad you made it this year. Never forget, you are so very loved.
With all my heart,