Happy New Year, happy new blog!
According to my handy Wilson's Almanac, today is Jackson's Day, commemorating the day Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans. This occurred two weeks after the peace treaty ending the War of 1812 was signed, but the French in me thinks that's all right. Apparently the French in the New Orleanians feels the same way, since LA celebrates this day even now.
To make a long story short, Christmas 2009 didn't really happen. It was terribly sad because our eldest has been positively vibrating with Christmas spirit since she first spotted a tree in October. But there was no money and we've been looking after our newborn. My new year's resolution was to make it up to them by planning throughout the year to throw a Christmas as magical as the one at my grandparents' that still haunts my memory. That Christmas will be my model, and I'll tell you about it, but it deserves an entry all its own.