This month for Bacon’s Show and Tell we are highlighting December. What we do, traditions, food, parties with friends and family – what special things do we do for the Christmas holidays?
Now mom/dad have been together since Moby Dick was a minnow. Daddy said that when he was courting mommy, every year for Christmas they would go to mom’s family in the morning with presents and dinner. Then in the afternoon, they would head to dad’s family for presents and dinner. It was certainly a full day surrounded by family, food, love and LOTS of people coming/going.
Once mommy decided to let daddy ‘catch her’ and put a ring on her finger by marriage, their house was the gathering point for a couple of years for the family dinner and presents. Then here and there, moms and dads passed away and it was time for my mom/dad to start making their own ‘family’ tradition.
Since mom/dad don’t have any two legged creatures for Christmas, me and the other anipals here at the Hotel Thompson step up. Hey, it’s the least we can do for mom/dad, right? So we leave out little hints – cut outs from pet store magazines, videos from television and paw prints spelling out what we want from Santa. Then mom/dad have a direct line to Santa and tell him everything. On Christmas day, we all get up at the crack of dawn and rush to the living room to
shred open presents. It’s a grand time in our day.
Then when we have played with our toys and ate some treats, we anipals take a nap so that mom/dad can do their Christmas. You ask what? Well, you just *know* it’s going to involve food – snorts with piggy laughter.
For years now, mom/dad go to a local restaurant for all you can eat CRAB LEGS. Can you believe that? How traditional is that? Not so much but they absolutely love it. And let me tell you something. They are serious about their crab legs. They wear bibs and everything and they have tools. Tools to eat?! WOW – I don’t have tools to eat… well unless you count my powerful snout and hooves – snorts with piggy laughter.
But they get buckets of crab made in a spicy boil that are delivered fresh and steaming to their table. They then throw caution to the wind and get cracking. Neither one of them throw in the towel until they are happily full of crab meat.
This is their time to spend together, talk about family that have passed, laugh and joke about their days together. They talk about their life together and drink to years more to come. They talk about their love for each other.
And talking about love. Mom has bad arthritis in her fingers. There comes to a point in her crab cracking that those fingers just give out. And what does daddy do about it? He will sit there and crack open her crab legs for her to eat. Now my friends, that is love!
12/30/2015 at 2:31 am
That’s sure true love, to crack the crab legs for your mom…. and I like your christmas tradition… it is sad that the traditions of the past are gone, because a lot of family members are no longer with us, butt your pawrents made the best of that situation, well done! We better have no crab legs, I’m not sure if my dad would do that for my momma too… she hast the same bad problem with two of her fingers… and therefore she fears to cold months of the year :o(
12/30/2015 at 10:30 am
Mom/dad decided to do things their way and you know what brother – they are so happy to come home full and happy – and all lovey dovey – sometimes that is sickening – snorts with piggy laughter. But my dad, he is a pro at crab snapping. Mom needs to video tape him one week for sure. XOXO – Bacon
Sand Spring Chesapeakes
12/30/2015 at 11:42 am
ohhhh I love crab legs, I want them now! Have a great 2016
12/30/2015 at 11:50 am
mmm – mom/dad said they were fantastic! You have a wonderful new year as well my friend! XOXO – Bacon
12/30/2015 at 9:04 pm
Sounds like the best sort of Christmas, other than you didn’t get to go to the restaurant. But I guess that’s ok…I saw the pictures of all the great food you got! *nose nudges*
12/31/2015 at 10:05 am
aaww – I might be a little spoiled in that direction you think? Mom told daddy that thankfully I got everything I needed for a couple of weeks. And I do love my fresh fruits and veggies. XOXO – Bacon
12/30/2015 at 11:43 pm
What a great idea and someone else cleans up. perfect. 😀
12/31/2015 at 10:11 am
Snorts! Mom/dad love it and look forward to it every single year. It’s just ‘their’ time to laugh and cut up like they did when they were just dating. XOXO – Bacon