1. Christmas Day is very low key around this household. I enjoyed the quiet morning, doing a little writing, keeping an eye on basketball games, drinking some coffee, making some bacon and eggs for everyone, and gabbing.
2. I fulfilled my charge to cook Christmas Day dinner: beef roast rubbed with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic, and thyme, roasted in the Dutch oven in a puddle of Firestone Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout with Brussel sprouts, onions, baby Yukon potatoes, and mushrooms. The Deke made the gravy. It all came out just right: everyone was satisfied.
3. We didn't have any children around for Christmas, but thanks to Skype we got to peer through a virtual window and see how Jack, Olivia, and David were doing on Christmas Day. That livened up things a bit here during old people's Christmas Day!