Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon on December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day). This is my fifth Christmas in New Hometown, and boy, is it cold here. Currently, the temperature is 46˚F (8˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H) and humidity at 52%, the feels-like temperature is 44˚F (6˚C). The forecast for the day calls for a high of 56˚F (13˚C) and partly sunny skies. Tonight, we can expect partly cloudy skies and a low of 33˚F (1˚C).
Well, last night we had a Nochebuena dinner as close as humanly possible to midnight. We had a delicious meal – roast prime rib, wild rice, mushrooms, and asparagus – accompanied by a glass of red wine. (There was pumpkin pie for dessert, but it wasn’t served.) It was just the six of us – The Caregiver, her new beau, the Caregiver’s three young adult “kiddos,” plus one guest and the family dog. We took our time eating – we rarely sit at the dinner table as a family group, and it is Christmas, so there was a lot of conversation, eating, and drinking.
I am not sure what time it was when we got up from the dining room table to sit by the Christmas tree and open our presents. Here, there wasn’t much in the way of ceremony – there was no designated “Santa” who would sit by the tree and distribute the presents; instead, two of the Caregiver’s “kiddos” handed presents at random. It was lots of fun, if perhaps a bit unstructured.
As usual, most of the presents I received were from the Caregiver, although she claims that her kids got me a bag of Jelly Belly jellybeans for my Jelly Belly Star Wars Death Star dispenser. Most of the presents I received were Star Wars-related, including an interactive Kylo Ren action figure that’s around the same size of a classic Hasbro GI Joe 12-inch scale figure and a blanket with The Mandalorian’s Grogu – aka “Baby Yoda.”
My friends and filmmaking collaborators Juan Carlos and Adria sent me a replica of Han Solo’s gray jacket from 1980’s Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. They ordered it from The Bradford Exchange, and it is so damn cool! When it was still in the package, the only thing you could see was the jacket’s inner lining with the Star Wars logo, so at first I thought it was one of those cool jackets Lucasfilm licensees make to promote the franchise. But when I saw the jacket’s cut and color, it dawned on me that this was the “Han Solo jacket” from Empire.
I tried it on right away, and to confirm my theory that this wasn’t just a nice jacket with the Star Wars brand on the liner, I went to my room, snatched my 40th Anniversary Han Solo figure from The Empire Strikes Back (which is still in its cardback packaging) and looked at the jacket on both the figure and the photo on the “Kenner” branded packaging. Yep, it was a perfect match!
After the gifts were handed out and opened, everyone dispersed to his/her/their room. I tried to watch a movie on my still new 4K UHD TV, but by then it was nearly 1 AM and I was tired, so I fell asleep with the family dog snuggled by my leg.
I’m not sure what the rest of the day will be like; we don’t usually do anything special on Christmas Day. The Caregiver’s oldest son, whose room is adjacent to mine, is playing godawful electronic music, and loudly, at that, so for the moment I might have to go to the “common room” and either read a book or watch TV out there for a while. It’s too chilly for me to go out for a walk or sit on “my” park bench with a book, so getting out of the house is not an option.
Well, that’s it for this Christmas Day post; I can’t think of anything else to add, except to wish you a Merry Christmas if you observe the holiday, and to remind you to stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things!
 I passed on the asparagus.