Christmas Day

The weather Christmas Day was cold by Arizona standards, but fairly clear.

We did the British version of Christmas this time, doing what Americans would very much think of as Thanksgiving food: turkey, stuffing, potatoes (roasted and mashed), parsnips, carrots, green beans and broccoli with gravy and cranberry sauce. Since there were only two of us, we got a turkey thigh. We did this for Thanksgiving as well. It has provided an elegant solution to having turkey on the holidays it makes sense for but not having a giant bird to split between two people.

We also got some ace French sparkling wine. It wasn’t champagne, but I find that champagne can be a quite hit and miss for the price, whereas the non-champagne French sparkling wine is trying to build a name for itself more, and therefore, the good stuff does actually get out of France. It is also a lot cheaper than champagne. This was Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux from Whole Foods. 

As is the tradition, we got Christmas crackers, which are fortunately getting easier to find in the US. We were able to get perfectly good ones off Amazon for a reasonable price. I was even able to get 2 day Prime shipping on them.

We also watched the Christmas episode of Doctor Who over lunch, which was great fun and one of the better Christmas ones they’ve done. They still have a reputation as not being as good as the rest of the series, but I think Moffat has actually mainly done good ones. The last four in particular have all been very good. It was really just Russel T Davies who tended to make them over-cheesy.

Here is a video of our Christmas Day experiences:

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