Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Hard to believe it is already here, isn't it?  When we were children, waiting for the holidays seemed like eternity; now, they are come and gone in the flash of an eye.  Time does seem to speed up the older you get.   This morning I got up early and took my yearly walk to our area Shoprite; it's the only place in my neighborhood where I can get cold cuts.  It's far, but not that far, and it is a great much variety.  Problem is, there is too much variety, and I found I was spending more than I needed to when it was my regular food shopping store.  I'll admit it, I am one of those who fall for those fancy displays get me every time.  I always end up buying something that I really didn't need...just because it was made to look good.  So now, I do my food shopping at our little Met Food which only carries the staple and items that I need.  There are no fancy displays found there; they don't have the room...and I spend so much less in groceries.  And as you all know, this year is Christmas on a budget.  And all I have to say is, it's about time.  I realize I've been to commercialized.  It feels good to get back to basics.

But, as I said earlier, I make my once a year trek to Shoprite on Christmas Eve Day.  I take off work every year so I can get there before the crowds (oh, that is another thing I can't deal with there), but never fails, it always takes me about two hours to get it matter how early I am.  So, tonight we will have cold cuts, a shrimp dish for hubby, and buffalo wings for me and the boys.  Tomorrow I'll do my real cooking...Pernille, gondulas and rice, mixed green beans, apple pie.  Yummy!!!

May your holidays bring you everything that you wish, love, and peace.


  1. We had to go out and do last minute grocery shopping too! Oh my. But it wasn't too bad and we actually got into a check-out line quickly. And everyone was in a good mood. [Poor dears, I wonder how their mood will be, by about 4:45pm this afternoon though?]

    Have a lovely Christmas Eve and Day and enjoy!

    Oh and, if I haven't said it yet, I'm so happy to have gotten to Net-know you!

    Gentle hugs,
    Aunt Amelia

  2. Actually, it is funny you said that. The guy at the checkout counter said nothing was going to spoil his mood today. I told him, "I hope not, but I'm glad I don't have to see you by 4 o'clock." That store is just so unbelievably crowded on any day let alone Christmas Eve. I used to come out of there in tears it was so bad.

  3. Dearest Mary,
    Penil and arroz con gandules? how about some pasteles with that?? How absolutely fabulous!
    Have a beautiful Christmas eve and day. many blessings to you and yours! So happy to know you and call you a dear blog friend.

  4. Mmmm, I love a nice cold cut platter. Enjoy your Christmas Eve!

  5. yum... your christmas eve dining sounds alot like our traditions.... it all sounds so good... especially your christmas day dinner.. yum.... hope you have a wonderful christmas eve as well as christmas day... blessings to you and yours