Merry Christmas To All!

Posted by on December 25, 2013
Michael & Kenny enjoying the warmth of the fire

Michael & Kenny enjoying the warmth of the fire

We started our Christmas Eve day by having omelets for breakfast.   And then had the Osceola rec tech, Kenny, stop by to wish us a Merry Christmas and safe travels as we won’t see him again before we leave.  He is prior military and was also a combat engineer like Michael so they had a nice common bond.  They both also spent time in Iraq and shared stories with each other.

Mid-day we had our traditional Christmas Eve fare – cold cuts, veggies & dip, chips, potato salad, pickle wraps…that kind of thing…a tradition I’ve been experiencing since I was a kid.  It’s left out for most of the day for anyone to nosh as they please.  With it being just the two of us I didn’t have nearly the amount of food we’d normally have.

Mmmmm...traditional Christmas yummies

Mmmmm…traditional Christmas yummies

We spent the day watching movies on the Turner Classic Movie channel.  We’ve never really watched much in the way of classic movies but really enjoyed those that we watched so I have a feeling TCM may become a new favorite channel!  Here’s a list of what we watched today:

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

A Christmas Carol (1938)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Holiday Affair (1946)

Late in the afternoon we decided to take a spin through the park. Everything is very quiet with few people out and about.  The park is still not very full, with less than 2 dozen campers in residence.


Perfect flavor and perfect Christmas breakfast

Perfect flavor and perfect Christmas breakfast

We finished the evening off with some yummy popcorn while watching The Santa Clause (1994) and The Santa Clause 2… movies we’ve seen before but good ones to watch again!  

I tried a new recipe for Christmas morning breakfast…Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls.  They turned out way better than I had imagined!  Certainly a recipe to use again and again.  The only thing I’d do differently would be to cook them a little less.  The recipe called for them to cook 2-3 hours and I let them go about 2 1/2 hours.  After they sat a while and cooled off the outside edges got pretty hard so I think I’d just cook 2 – 2 1/4 hours.   As soon as the cinnamon rolls were done I cleaned up the crock pot and then got the turkey breast (another new recipe!) into the crock pot.

About 9:00 am, Allison, the volunteer coordinator here at the Osceola National Forest stopped by to wish us a Merry Christmas and safe travels as she was heading to Gainesville (and then to Atlanta on Friday) to dog & chicken sit for Debra while she’s out of town.

We continued our Christmas movie marathon throughout the day by watching the following:

I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)

The Santa Clause 3 (2006)

It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Our quiet dinner alone turned out really really tasty!  The turkey done in the crock pot turned out very moist and flavorful!   Interested in that recipe?  Click Here  Another nice surprise and another recipe that we’ll use again in the future.  Of course we have plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow and dinner on Friday which I call Achauer’s Delight in honor of my cousins who introduced us to the dish almost 15 years ago.

We each had a piece of Dutch apple pie a couple of hours after dinner.  It was a nice way to end a ‘never get out of my jammies’ kinda day.

This was the first Christmas we’ve spent in our coach as the last 2 years we’ve been in Washington or New York with our sons and their families.  It wasn’t a bad holiday but much quieter than I would have liked.





2 Responses to Merry Christmas To All!

  1. samantha

    This was our first Christmas without our kids…. kind of different; however we did go to Larry’s uncle and aunts house for a wonderful late lunch…we always enjoy visiting with them….. glad you had a great Christmas. …
    now you can get on to bigger and better things!! Safe travels blessings to you both and keep in touch..

    • Kelly

      Thanks, Sam! It was our first without the kids and grandkids as well….but we made it through.

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