Today is Boxing Day in England. This tradition has spilled over here in Canada and other Commonwealth Nations. If you are interested, you can find out all about Boxing Day on the internet. That is not my intent other than to say in these modern times it is really an extra day off. Lots of shopping deals are available that compares to “Black Friday” in the United States.
So this morning I sit here next to the woodstove with a roaring fire in Quebec, Canada visiting my son, his wife and our two-month-old grandson. We also visited with my daughter-in-law’s family Christmas Eve, which was really interesting. Obviously, I’m from the United States and speak English. This part of our extended family speaks French-Canadian. I find it interesting to hear them visit amongst themselves and talk in their native tongue. Eventually one of them will tell me what is being said so I can catch up on the conversation. Perhaps I should make the effort to learn the basics of French-Canadian so I can follow along a little better when we visit the next time.
Spending Christmas with family and friends is so much fun. Eating lots of traditional family meals that later require some of us to find the Tums in the medicine cabinet to calm down a bubbling gut. That is a small price to pay for such good food. Christmas dinner was absolutely delicious. We had Boeuf à la Provenςale with egg noodles. We had fresh carrot salad with raisins and my wife made her “famous” Candy Cane butter cookies.
These past few days are in such contrast from where we live in Southern California. There is about 18 inches of snow on the ground and my son and I shoveled snow to keep the driveway clear. Now we have to figure out how to walk or perhaps slip and slide on the layer of ice exposed from under the fresh layer of snow. The woodstove is making it cozy inside this well built hundred year home. The temperature outside is a balmy -10 celsius, for you other Yankees like me that means about 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
So I sit here and think to myself how lucky I really am. I have a loving family and extended family. I have two grandsons that actually make me feel younger and today on Boxing Day, I have the blessing of sitting here and just reflecting.