It's Christmas Eve and we're settling into our new home. We've spent the last couple of days moving in and getting sorted and while we're still missing some things (a table and chairs, plates and cutlery, pots and pans) it's already beginning to feel like home. I'll tell you all about it soon.
We're pleased to have a home sorted out for Christmas, although it has been hard to muster up Christmas spirit. Luckily we're both used to Christmas in the sun, and while a cold Christmas is indeed lovely, I imagine we'll enjoy being able to go outside tomorrow.
Because we're still settling in we haven't gotten a Christmas tree or bought any decorations. Still, you need somewhere to put your presents and a few lights always improve things so we rigged something up:
We've been for a few evening walks in our new neighborhood and enjoyed looking at the OTT Christmas lights on the houses. I think John is getting ideas for next year!
And of course, what California Christmas would be complete without decorated cable cars?
Without a properly stocked kitchen it's been hard to do much Christmas baking but I did manage a big batch of Pfeffernussen yesterday. And last night we had a mini pre-Christmas at a friend's place so we won't go completely without a roast dinner.
We'll kick off celebrations tonight with our traditional martinis and salmon for dinner, and brunch tomorrow will be bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese (it will be nice not having to panic about hollandaise sauce!). And though we won't be able to cook a proper meal for Christmas dinner, we're still able to pop the cork on some bottles of bubbly.
Merry Christmas everyone!