The Motherboard at Christmas

dishwasher 2019Kid: “Why is a computer so smart?”
Mother: “It listens to its motherboard.”

We had a dishwasher we really liked until it stopped communicating with its motherboard. At least that’s what the repairman said after studying a series of blinking light codes. I didn’t like the sound of that and I feared hearing the words, “You need a new dishwasher.” His work on resetting the motherboard failed and he turned to me, “You need a new dishwasher.”

It was either that or a new motherboard. After Christmas Eve 2019comparing the cost of a motherboard vs. new dishwasher, I dashed out to the big box store that evening for a new dishwasher on the last day of a good sale. I came home with the same model, a brand we like… that now includes a cutlery shelf and an extended warranty.

Everyone has different holiday traditions. Our tradition is a Christmas Eve feast and we needed that dishwasher to host the feast. We spent time making the table festive and inviting for arriving family. No reader would want to see an ‘after’ photos of the same table following 3 tykes and 5 adults feasting on traditional goodies…  ending with a delicious Yule Log (La Maison Navarre) and figgy pudding… and a off key chorus of song!

Our tradition on Christmas Day is always a late morning brunch hosted by my daughter… egg casserole, grits, french toast casserole, scalloped potatoes, sweet rolls… a meal we could return to throughout the morning as we relax by a fire and watch the little ones.

That was all two days ago and now we have returned to regular routines. I’m still working on my holiday puzzle, listening to holiday music, but thinking more about our two Christmas trees and rooms full of holiday decor. Mentally, I’m planning the Big Takedown shortly after we ring in the new year.

I wouldn’t trade a minute of the decorating, volunteering, the parties and festivities leading up to the holiday, and it’s fun to trim the trees and deck the halls and be with family and friends… but it’s a bit of a comedown to think about spending one or two days disassembling and packing everything away for another year. The rooms will look austere for awhile. It may be that everyone feels a bit like this, yes?