Posted by: littlehouseonthebigisland | December 28, 2013

T’was the Week After Christmas…

…and I could finally relax.  As my writing partner Stephanie put it, Christmas should occur like –or only on– leap years.

On the bright side, I have been able to conquer helmet head with a Santa hat instead of a scarf.  James put up lights.  I decorated the chandelier with ornaments including a dove of peace, paper cranes and a Menorah. We put a vintage Christmas cloth on the table.

We usually have a cook fire Christmas Eve, which is a lot of work, but this year I had the brilliant idea of picking up pesto mushroom pizza for the vegetarians and pepperoni for the carnivores, and Juli bought gluten/lactose free pizzas that we baked in the oven, instead.  We ate on the covered deck overlooking the ocean, accompanied by a torrential downpour.  The dogs snagged at least three slices.  Then it was time for good-byes.  Sara, Jr., who woofed* with us for three months, drove off with James to the airport.

We have had a drop-in tradition on Christmas Day for the past four years.  This time just the two new woofers came over.  I made papaya-breadfruit-coconut pancakes with spelt flour and almond milk.

And so another Christmas has come and gone at Little House on Magic Mountain Farm in the District of South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The next day though, a post-Christmas miracle occurred.  James came up with a brilliant idea of his own:  We make pancakes from now on, on Christmas Eve and screw the pizza and cook-fires, and go out Christmas Day, to where ever we are invited or to the beach.

Maybe it’s a good idea to celebrate Christmas every year after all.  Only time will tell.

* workers on organic farms

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