Where We Are … (Hannah)
After a hearty breakfast, we’re off to the Jemaa el Fna medina to hunt for treasures — exquisite glass lanterns, hand-woven Moroccan rugs, exotic spices, jeweled kaftans.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit Ourzazate, a desert city that has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones. We’ll ride camels into the Oasis de Fint, a real palm-tree-lined oasis in the middle of a desert, and enjoy a traditional tagine for lunch.
We’ll finish the day with an indulgent spa treatment at the Royal Mansour, a luxury hotel originally commissioned by His Majesty as sanctuary for traveling dignitaries.
What We Eat … (Sandy)
GRAMMY (VERONICA) VARGA’S POPCORN BALLS …
A HOLIDAY TRADITION
The sweet treat that my sister, three brothers, and I looked forward to most was the big bowl of molasses popcorn balls, individually wrapped in clear paper and tied with red and green ribbons, that appeared on the Christmas dinner dessert table.
Here is a photo taken in 1974 of my mother with apron-clad Stephen (5 yrs) and Heather (4 yrs) carrying on the sticky tradition at our house.
Guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again …
- 1 cup molasses
- ½ cup white sugar
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 8 quarts popped popcorn
Bring molasses and sugar to boil until a soft ball forms in cold water.
Remove from heat. Add baking soda. Stir until foamy.
Quickly pour the hot mixture over popcorn. Butter hands and form balls.
Wrap individually and tie with festive ribbons.
What We Listen To … (Jacob)
Of all the unreleased Beatles music, their annual Christmas discs recorded for their fan club and released annually from 1963-1969 are the recordings in most need of an official release. Hard to find on YouTube this time of year, but try to track down a copy of these recordings when you can. They showcase the comedic talents of The Beatles better than A Hard Days Night, and are a fascinating document of The Beatles artistic development.
What Makes us Laugh … (Patrick)
Nothing funnier than a pigeon doing the moonwalk on the wing of a jet:
What Amuses Us (Whitney)
For a holiday laugh, one needs to look no further than the Christmas special from the British version of The Office. Serving as the finale of the show, the two episodes catch us up on what has become of David Brent, played by the wonderfully cringey Ricky Gervais, and the will-they or won’t-they leads, Tim and Dawn. After season two ended in November 2002, unsatisfied fans had to wait for a full year before the Christmas episodes aired in a two-night special in December 2003. They are in equal measure outrageous and sweet — a droll antidote to the some of the more saccharine fare suffusing the season. Here’s a sample:
What Makes Us Family (Stephen)
Our 2017 Christmas greeting from The Parsonage