Well, let’s see: plenty of firewood? Check. Grocery shopping done? Check. Decorations up? Check. Presents, cards? Check—well, those that got done, at any rate. I’m gradually learning that the key to this is to try but not too hard. Anything that increases emotional pressure of any kind is out, and I mean anything.
My wife and I didn’t exchange gifts last year, just didn’t need to. We’re not doing that this year, either, but we do have an overnight trip planned very soon to go see sandhill cranes at a couple of wildlife refuges south of Albuquerque and then fun in Duke City the next day. If you’ve never been to Two Fools Tavern, you don’t know what you’re missing—I like the “bangers & mash” with real English sausages and mashed potatoes, along with a pint of Guinness. And of course we’ll hit the Apple Store.
This year the weather isn’t bone-breaking cold over Christmas, only down to 7 °F tonight and up to 40 tomorrow. I guess I’ve been here long enough to call seven degrees acceptable, since the lowest we’ve seen in this location is 27 below!
That will still be plenty cold out at the Pueblo this evening. Bonfires and gunshots, folks, with matachines dancers this time. My wife had a female acquaintance (new to town) ask her this morning when the processions starts. Tee-hee.* I wonder how the lady will feel parking in a pasture and knocking burning embers off her clothes.
* Answer: After the church service, post-sunset, but really “Indian time.”