Merry Christmas 2014!!!


From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful Holiday Season! This was the setting for our Christmas Eve meal this year…


…and after dinner when the guests had left, and we were putting away the plates and crystal… we decided to leave Santa a more “adult” tray of refreshments as he zooms around the planet at warp speed. In the past, he’s been offered hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, here, a Diet Coke and chips, broas and chocolate eh, etc. :) This year, he had a choice of red wine or champagne and some fresh nuts (protein), dried fruit (golden cherries, apricots, strawberries, figs and dates) and home-baked cookies (gingerbread, chocolate shard with cacao nibs, raspberry jam filled cookies, chocolate chip, etc.) and he was kind enough to snap a photo of the tray with the Santa present for Marketman in the background…


…before he sat down at the dinner table to take a quick pause (seventeenth millionth of a second) to enjoy a sip of some nicely aired red wine in an appropriately celebratory crystal goblet. Yes, there is a Santa. Seriously. Happy Christmas to all!

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37 Responses

  1. Happy holidays MM. May you and your loved ones be blessed with peace, good health, properity and joy.

  2. I am one of your avid readers (have to catch up on past posts) but not a commenter. I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year! Thank you for giving us unending good reads.

  3. Merry Christmas and happy new year to MM and family. You have also been such a generous Santa this year !! Looking forward to all your posts in the coming year. Thank you always,MM, for your generosity of spirit.

  4. I’m probably the most ‘quiet’ reader of your notable blog. You’ve been so generous in sharing your culinary knowledge and I want you to know that you’re very much appreciated. As a Pinay housewife of a Jewish/American, I have tried quite a few of your recipes and my husband love all of them.

    Merry Christmas, MM and your family.

    Greetings from the Big Apple :-)

  5. MM: If you say Santa stopped by, did RUDOLPHA bring him? You see,

    According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,
    “while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year,
    male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter,
    usually late November to mid-December.

    Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.
    Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer,
    EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.”

    We should’ve known……

    “ONLY women would be able to drag a fat old man in a red velvet suit
    all around the world in one night and not get lost.”

    Merry Christmas and a blessed season to all!

  6. Connie C, HAHAHAHAHA!!! I love Christmas trivia like that. Love it. But couldn’t Dancer, Prancer or Vixen be female? Almost certainly the last one, no? Hahahaha. :)

  7. Whoever named the reindeers probably caught on and figured it is safer to have a Dancer, a unisex Prancer and definitely, a Vixen!!!:)

  8. Merry Christmas to MM and family and cheers to a generous sharing of culinary and travel experiences. I J
    hope to win even one contest next year. Lol. Merry Christmas to everybody!

  9. To MM and family and to the MM readers community – maligayang Pasko at mas manigong bagong taon para sa lahat!!!

  10. A belated Christmas grettings!!been busy lately spending time in hubby and I belong to Nomadic tribe now..loving it .Love your holiday postings,the community interactions..Love Connie’s trivia.

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