After the smoked Turkey, jalepeno grits, and ultimate pumpkin pie, chocolate, cheesecake layer pie was eaten, we decided to work off some of the excess by partaking of a family tradition, chopping down a red cedar tree to use as our Christmas tree. They grow wild all over the place so it didn't take a lot of searching before we found the perfect one in the ditch of one of our farms.
After we had the tree safely in the back of the truck, we decided to spread some cheer by visiting some former landlords in town. These former neighbors for many years and then former landlords before they sold out to my parents and moved to town, live in a retirement apartment complex where they are close to ammenities like home cooked meals at the townhall. I recently wrote about their son on Veteran's Day.
I hadn't visited with them in many years so it was nice to see them again. They are both getting long in the tooth and frail so it is perhaps the last time I will get to visit with them. During our visit, I noticed a picture of their son up on the wall dressed in his best sailor suit and looking so full of promise. It was a shame that he died near the beginning of the Vietnam war in the tragedy that occurred on the U.S.S. Forrestall. I always wondered what he would have said about John McCain who was also on that ship that day.
We spent Black Friday decorating our Christmas tree which had turned green again thanks to some green food coloring in the water. It was a pleasant way to spend a day with a nice fire, some Christmas music and family while others were being trampled to death for a piece of Chinese made plastic.
Saturday we hosted some others far from families over to our place for a nice dinner and a tour around town to all the Maharishi sites, including the Tower of Invincibility, World Capital of Peace, Twin Peace mansions, the Golden Domes where the Yogic Flying takes place, and the chained in prison like compound where the square root of one percent of the U.S. population is praying for our peace.
Yesterday, I spent the day watching it snow and playing with my daughter while the Mrs. decided to brave the crowds to do some shopping. I have no desire to share in that joy and have my shopping all done via the internet and delivered right to my door. Besides, I'm going to be gone most of next week on a trip out east and want to enjoy time at home. Hope you all had a good holiday.