Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Food, Glorious Food


Christmas at the Bag Lady’s sister-in-law’s place was wonderful. There was enough food to feed twice as many people as were there, and everything was delicious. The Bag lady’s sister-in-law, with the help of her mother and mother-in-law, put on an incredible feast. Even the Bag Lady’s niece got in on the act and made a scrumptious surprise dip that almost ruined the Cowboy’s appetite for the rest of the meal; he ate so much of it. The Bag Lady’s contribution was spinach salad and a veggie tray (that the Cowboy put together) with her special mistake dip. Sometimes it pays to not pay attention…

There were presents galore, with much hilarity during the exchange. The family decided a few years back to do a silly exchange in which everyone brings a newspaper-wrapped gift, then everyone gets to choose one at random (one at a time), or steal one from someone else who has already opened theirs. Makes for great fun, especially for the person who gets to go last!

There were new games to play – the favourite turned out to be something called Battle of the Sexes. There are so many family members, the games have to be played in teams, and that game worked well for teams. (Naturally, the women won!!)

When the Bag Lady got home, another nice gift was waiting – an email from Leah, saying she was finally at home! Now we can look forward to new posts on the Goat's Lunch Pail.

Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas.

15 comments:

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

I'm so glad you had a great Christmas and gladder still that Leah felt well enough to send an email to you.

It is a great joy to know she's home again.

My favorite part of Christmas was listening to my youngest grand daughter (15 months old) when you ask what does Santa say, she answers "Ho Ho Ho" or sometime just "Ho Ho." Either way you can tell she is a genius. Must be due to eating those Smarties you send down a while back.

Terrie

the Bag Lady said...

dfTerrie - has to be the Smarties (well,having such a smart grandma would help, too)!! There was a wee one at our Christmas celebration as well, which certainly helped liven things up. Not at the speaking stage yet, but almost walking, and definitely into everything.

Hilary said...

My family does the tacky gifts too.. select one or steal one. And yes, it's a lot of fun. I'll have to get your rules for steal-backs!

I'm especialy glad to hear about Leah.

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - the rules are simple. Keep one foot on the floor and no stabbing with your forks. Oh, wait, those are the rules for the dinner table!!
We tend to have a second round once all the gifts are opened because this is a family of great curiosity - they want to see what all is there before they decide what they want to steal. And there is occasional collusion between siblings...as was the case this year! The Bag lady is an in-law in this family, so has no-one to collude with. sigh.

Hilary said...

Yup sounds like ours too. I have one cousin-in-law whom, if he gets something he likes that's food-oriented, employs his strategy to open it up and start eating it so nobody will steal from him. TOTALLY against the rules. So he tries to keep it in the family as you indicated. The rest of us work at making sure he doesn't end up with it after that. Such giving spirit eh? ;)

Reb said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas Sis!

Leah J.Utas said...

Sounds like fun, dfBagLady, and not too much work either. That's always best.

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary, the Bag Lady never thought about actually opening and starting to eat a present...will keep that one in mind for next year (can find no rule regarding that eventuality in our book)

Reb, hope yours was great, too!

dfLeah - the Bag Lady is discovering that it is way more fun when these big family functions are at someone else's home...less sometimes IS more (at least, when it comes to work!) Glad to see you back in the blogosphere!

Virginia Lee said...

Yum!

I love the newspaper wrapped present exchange idea. It's sounds like much fun indeed.

I'm glad your holiday was so nice, BL. And I'm even gladder Leah's home safe and sound!

Happy (belated) Holidays! XOXO

Crabby McSlacker said...

That sounds like a really fun Christmas! Sorry for the quick note, we're on the road, but it's also great that Leah's back.

the Bag Lady said...

VL and Crabby - thanks for stopping by.
The Bag Lady has a very nasty flu. Hasn't eaten for 2 days (no point, if you get my point) and can't stay awake longer than 10 minutes at a stretch. Oh, and the muscle aches are unbelievable! Now hubby has it too. Must. go. lie. down. now.

Hilary said...

Awww feel better.. soon! Poor Baggie and Cowboy.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Hilary. Slowly coming around. Have managed to remain in the upright position for a couple hours now today - yesterday that was impossible.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

Feel better and soon!

Terrie

the Bag Lady said...

dfTerrie, Thanks so much - feeling much better today!