I haven't bought anything to get ready for the celebration season. No gifts tucked away for people that I thought were perfect when I saw them back in August. I have that wrapping paper from last years day-after-Christmas shopping spree at Wal-Mart, but I'm not sure where I put it. I will be grappling with that narly ball of five connected strings of pin lights this weekend, hoping that they all work, as I deck the halls of the Red Barn. The good news about holiday pin lighting, however, is it's now super cheap for a string of lights, so if they don't work, out they go.
Getting a tree, bringing the boxes of ornaments that I love down from the attic, lighting and all the other Christmas prep seems like a lot to me this year, and I do admit that I was thinking of an "alternate" kind of tree. Maybe a FAKE white tree with lots of white lights only. Very 60's just like the tree my best high school friend Val Armstrong's family had every year. Or a theme tree of all blue lights and ornaments. A one-of-a-kind tree and not one that follows tradition.
The Red Barn won't be following tradition either this year. We're going to be OPEN for our first Christmas Eve and our first New Years Eve. Christmas Eve Bert wants to do a feast that is a variation on the Italian Feast of Seven Fishes. Of course we'll alter it a bit and will have some meat offerings as well. I will be making some classic Christmas desserts to send you off to midnight services or dreamland with a satisified sweet tooth.
On New Years Eve we'll be celebrating the beginning of 2005 with hats, horns, champagne, and very special holiday menu which I'll post here next week. I have simplified the idea of a tent, dj and dancing to let our first effort be about a fabulous meal with friends and family. Unfortunately, I'm a bit behind in contacting Swarowski in Austria to see if I could get one of their New Year's Balls shipped over in time to drop from the Taconic telephone pole outside the Red Barn at midnight. I'll have to rig something up myself.
I think both Christmas Eve dinner and New Year's Eve dinner will be delicious and fun cause it's the one thing Bert and I have been working on and for the holidays. We'll be open tonight for dinner, as usual. There might be holiday music playing and depending on how early I get up tomorrow, there will be decorations up for lunch or dinner on Saturday night. I hope to see some of you this weekend. Give us a call if you want us to save a table.