Nobody drunk too much, dinner was on the table within ten minutes of when I said it would be on the table (the broccoli was slightly overcooked, the string beans slightly undercooked, but al dente is good for spring beans. The food was fantastic.
After dinner (the mixed berries over merangue were a big hit, especially with heavy cream and amaretto added), we filled everybody’s stockings, and then… then we watched an episode of Buffy the Vampire Siayer. My family is starting to get popular culture in their lives. For that matter, so am I.