SO more than ready for Christmas and this year to be over with. Really. Put a fork in it. It is done.
Having said that…I am ready for feasting. This will be a stupendous, over the top, too much of everything, stuffed beyond belief, carnivorous, sugar-laden, alcohol-fired bacchanal. I will be very remorseful. But not yet.
I have quoted St Augustine to a few in the past days: “Oh, Master, make me chaste and celibate – but not yet!
Digging deeper-via Wikipedia:
Augustine struggled with lust throughout his life. He had a mistress before he converted, but once he became a Christian, he condemned all forms of extra-marital sex (including his previous relationship with his mistress), considering them unlawful and unbiblical. In the Confessions, Augustine describes his personal struggle in vivid terms: “But I, wretched, most wretched, in the very commencement of my early youth, had begged chastity of Thee, and said, ‘Grant me chastity and continence, only not yet
Also, for the record:
In the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinian religious order; his memorial is celebrated 28 August, the day of his death. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, the alleviation of sore eyes, and a number of cities and dioceses.
I have loads in common with him.
I’m dreaming of a …Sheetz Caramel Latte. A cup of creamy steamed milk kicked up a notch with a shot of espresso. I have not had a cup of coffee for months now. I should take off like a rocket after one of these.
We have to wrap up and mop up the Christmas shopping this morning. My list is peanut butter, hummus, rice cakes, Stevia and wine.
Wine means a trip to the “State store”. I think I may need some airline sized bottles of pure liquid fire. I am thinking, Chambord, Cointreau, Frangelico, Drambuie and possibly something like CrÃ¨me de menthe. Yee haw. Bring on the heartburn, 2 am sweats and regrets.
Seems like a good idea now. Check with me Christmas morning.
Holy supper in the Slovak Christmas Customs tradition. Mushroom soup, fish, pierogi (stuffed with potato, cheese, prune) and of course the first course, Christmas wafers, smeared with honey.
Christmas wafer (Polish: opÅ‚atek, plural opÅ‚atki; Lithuanian: kalÄ—daitis) is a Central European Christian Christmas tradition celebrated in Polish, Slovak and Lithuanian families during Wigilia (Christmas Eve Vigil).
The unleavened wafers are baked from pure wheat flour and water, are usually rectangular in shape and very thin; they are identical in composition to a round wafer which become the Host after the Consecration during Mass in the Roman Catholic Church. Being only a reminder of the Body of Christ used in private homes, OpÅ‚atki lack sanctification by a priest or bishop. The OpÅ‚atki wafers are embossed with Christmas related religious images, varying from the nativity scene, especially Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, to the Star of Bethlehem.
Vesele Vianoce a Stastlivy Novy Rok (“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” in Slovakian)
Big changes after the first of the year. Stay tuned.