Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas at Chez Leitich Smith

Here's my Christmas tree, all lit up, next to the dining room table, which is currently home to Greg's electric train. You'll also notice the Santa salt and pepper shakers in the foreground in front of a crystal bowl of ornaments. The illustration hanging on the wall is from Jingle Dancer, a gift from illustrators Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.

My presents from Greg included a couple of thoughtful nods to the Tantalize series--an amethyst angel and The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker, with commentary by Leslie S. Klinger and introduction by Neil Gaiman (W.W. Norton: October 2008).

Mercury says cats prefer playing with the tissue paper!
Holiday cheer from Santa Cat!

Christmas Day Menu

Roasted Corn Soup

Heart of Palm Salad

Chicken and Lobster in a Pot

Roasted Asparagus

Spinach Artichoke Casserole

Sliced Apples and Cheese

Don't Miss

A Cretaceous Christmas Feast by Greg Leitich Smith from GregLSBlog.

More Cynsational Notes

It's a rainy, cold Christmas here in Austin, but nobody minds. What with the drought, we're happy to see the grass green and water back in Shoal Creek.

Greg and I did most of our shopping at BookPeople and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

Our holiday week activities also included seeing movies at Alamo Drafthouse Village and Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar respectively.

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" -- wonderful! Better than the original!

"The Adventures of Tintin" -- great boy adventure! Spielberg is such a genius. I hope he'll someday pour himself into a film that resonates in the same way with girls.


BookGeek said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! I love the train by the tree. My husband is always saying that one of the traditions he wants to keep (perhaps restart) is having a train set up for our kids. Maybe even having a whole train village thing in a future basement or den!

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Thank you! You should definitely go for it. Get one of those light-up villages. I love them. Magical.

aquafortis said...

Thanks for sharing your holiday cheer with us! Hope you had a very merry Christmas. :)

Our cats had fun with the tissue paper, too. Sadly, one of them also ate (and then barfed) some ribbon, but that was bound to happen...

Brent Hartinger said...

Damn, dinner sounds YUMMY! (and I may have to reconsider Sherlock Holmes. You're the 2nd person I know who liked it much better than the reviews indicate)

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Thank you, AF! It was merry indeed! So sorry to hear of your kitty's stomach woes--hope all's well now!

Quite yummy, Brent! The soup in particular was a big hit. I thought "Sherlock Holmes" was great fun and was thoroughly entertained.