December 25, 2004
Originally my sisters and I planned to meet for dim sum in order to spend Christmas together. Our mother had said that she didn't want to do anything for the holiday. I didn't realize how sad that had made me until I got a call from one sister saying that our parents wanted to meet for lunch on Christmas Day after all. The other sister couldn't make it to the house until later, having made prior plans, but to our great relief that wasn't a source of discord. (Never mind who's in the right, my family is quick to get bent out of shape for its own sake.)
Bites of homemade sushi and steamed shumai (sp.?) dumplings that left us quite full and sleepy. I had made a batch of Loving Cupcakes, because Daddy loves all things chocolate. For Mama, I brought a dozen orange-red roses I'd found at the farmer's market. We exchanged a few presents and then vegged in front of the television for a while. It was a nice, quiet day and everyone was in a good mood. It was an unremarkable afternoon - which was absolutely wonderful.
Later, we met up with the LTR for a screening of The Aviator. An epic movie spectacle. Leonardo was quite good; Cate Blanchett was striking as Katherine Hepburn. And yes, if you keep your eyes peeled, that is Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation) who has a small part but in a pivotal scene.