Happy Boxing Day! I miss December 26th at my stepmom’s homeplace. I miss the spoonbread, the Virginia country ham biscuits (really… all ham biscuits should be two-bite-sized and feature thinly sliced, very tender country ham), her SPECIAL egg nog, cheese biscuits (think cheese “cookie” with a half pecan pressed on top), and tremendously good cheer. Knowing Boxing Day would happen made it easier to be a good sport and work Christmas Day when I was a paid firefighter.
Am I the only one who has food associations for holidays? Even though I don’t like goose, I’m still a little sad there’s been no Christmas goose for years and years. When we were much younger (read: teens?) my lone male cousin on my maternal side and his father provided said goose for our family fete, straight from their own river access, right there on the farm. Now, I’m quite accustomed to my sister’s beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner. I’m also all about local food customs, and some say spoonbread, along with the Virginia country ham, originated right here… The same formerly-goose-getter cousin introduced us all to his adult hometown’s stuffed ham. (Don’t judge. I hate kale and still thought this was quite tasty.)
I’m sure Sissy would love to have a stamp. Of course, then Gretchen would want one too… hmmm… I think I’d get plenty of use out of them though, don’t you?
Next up is this fun floral arrangement. I got my first “mum dog” when I had back surgery, so when another local basset-mom was in the hospital, I knew just what she needed. Our florist asked only for an extra day to figure out the ears and other basset modifications, and the result was definitely worth it! Wouldn’t that cheer you up?
Well, this post is long enough, so tune in tomorrow for the final chapter in our tale of how the love of hounds makes the world go ’round. We hope you had a great Christmas. Here in the Woods, this is the second day of Christmas, and my true love is giving me – well, my beloved car – a transmission flush and some other necessary maintenance. Does anyone else celebrate Christmas through Epiphany?