We had a very laid-back, relaxing Christmas, which is what I much prefer. I don't miss the days of driving to Augusta to have Christmas at my parents' house. Not having to drive anywhere is much preferred; even 2 1/2 hours seems onerous.
Bruce came in Saturday about 7:30. He had planned to come much earlier but he said the store where he works [a gun and police supply store] was packed with customers and he couldn't get away earlier in the day. He was genuinely surprised. Most of their revenue comes from sales to police departments in South Carolina, not individual customers, but apparently a lot of folks wanted to put guns and/or ammo under the tree.
We had a relaxing day yesterday. It was 70 degrees here. Wearing shorts on Christmas is not all that unusual in Atlanta. I gave Michael a drone with a camera and he had great fun playing with it in the back yard.
Bruce cooked a beef tenderloin yesterday that was insanely delicious. He cooked it in a slow oven all afternoon after coating it with a dry rub of Greek herbs and spices. We also had fresh asparagus, Sister Schubert rolls, mushrooms sauteed in red wine and butter [so yummy] and pineapple upside down cake for dessert.
Lesleigh has a bad cold but she came and ate dinner with us and we had a good visit. It's always more fun to have her around on Christmas day, even when she's not 100%. I loaded her up with Emergen-C packets so I hope she can ward off the worst of the bad cold.
She brought us a lovely orchid. I've never attempted to keep an orchid alive but after researching them for a writing assignment, now I find the very thought intimidating. You can't just water them normally, for instance. I will try very hard to keep it alive but Mother says she's never managed that feat, so I am not hopeful..
Michael's gifts from his granny were a nice wristwatch and the jammies below. He actually loves them, despite the unsmiling face. He is cold-natured.
I have tons of work to do but I imagine it's not going to get done until after Bruce leaves, later this afternoon.