All the bread made to date has now been given as part of a particular Christmas celebration, or delivered this afternoon to various friends / colleagues. Last stop was to pick out the huge bouquet of Christmas flowers I love having on the buffet.
Now all the bread being made this evening and tomorrow will be taken out to my sister’s house in Glendale for our Christmas Eve celebration with her extended family. I’m expecting friend Carolyn to pop in sometime tomorrow with the quiche she always makes for me, so I can give her the bread I always make for her. I’m going to give her just one present – a book that beautifully renders Maya Angelou’s wonderful poem, Amazing Peace. Carolyn and I will get around to actually celebrating Christmas together sometime in late January or early February – some years later than that!
Then on Christmas Day, in between laying on the couch sipping Christmas teas and reading the Christmas mysteries I’ve bought just for that occasion, I’ll begin the process of baking bread for all the friends I’ll be celebrating with next week. And for the Family Feast we’ll be having on Saturday afternoon. (I intend to make popovers for that dinner, too – since it’s been years since I’ve made them! They are super fun and super good.)
Sometime over the weekend, I expect the bread making part of my Christmas Pon Farr will evaporate, disappear, cease to be. And I’ll clean the mound of flour off the top of the dishwasher and get on with life!