Christmas With the Pfisters
We open presents on Christmas Eve after a chili dinner. That's a long standing tradition. This year, we may have started a few new ones. My parents, Steven and I went out to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. There's a definite generation gap between my parents and Steven and me. He and I were hysterical at the breakfast table and they didn't quite know why most of the time. My Mom tries to keep up but I think Shorty is just happy that we're all together.
We learned a valuable Cracker Barrel tip. Do not let Steven order the hash brown casserole. He ordered their Old Timer breakfast (sans eggs because he and I don't get along with those) with hash browns and the waitress said, "Hash brown casserole?" He wasn't paying close enough attention and said, "Sure." The hash brown casserole comes coated in cheese. Steven hates cheese.
Does he eat pizza?
Does he eat quesadillas?
Is it an irrational hatred? You bet. He is Steven, after all.
The other new tradition that we may have started is playing poker. Yeah, I know that's a surprise. The four of us played a $5 buy in No Limit Hold 'Em tournament that Steven won. Then my Uncle Jim came over and he joined us for a second tournament that he ended up winning.
After poker, it was time for the chili. We've had lots of appliance incidents over the years. The most have been with the garbage disposal backing up. This year, it was with the stove. Apparently, the plastic knobs for the burners cracked and they couldn't be turned off or on properly. We found this out after the chili burned a bit. Shorty was not amused.
I commented that the chili had a Chipotle flavor to it. Steven got that I meant it was smokey. It wasn't bad, though.
Here's the aftermath. Well, Christmas Eve's aftermath. We still have today to go. My Uncle Jack, Aunt Rose Mary, my Godparents and some friends from Wisconsin are coming over to my parents' today for dinner and there will be even more presents.
I feel pretty lucky that I get to spend the holidays with my family and friends. Hopefully, we're all together for many years to come.