For the last 35 years, Christmas has not been “traditional.” We spend our winters in Arizona, so we don’t want to give up the Christmas family gatherings, and plan a “Christmas” sometime in September before we go. We have to plan ahead, as there is no Christmas wrapping paper available in August or September. Actually, this works well, as I get it “after Christmas in Arizona, for half price”.
This year, the tree was up, and decorated, and laden with piles of presents. Our grandson and family arrived Friday evening, and our dinner was set for Saturday.
I like to be organized, and I thought everything was timed to perfection. Well, the pork loin was done a little early, so it was out of the oven, on the back of the stove to hold warm.
The roast was on a fairly solid metal broiler pan on top of an extra large glass pan, which caught the drippings. The turkey was still in the oven in the basement, we had the potatoes boiling, corn cooking in an open pan, and our daughter was preparing to do the gravy.
As I approached the stove, to check the corn and potatoes, there was an explosion that nearly rocked the place. Glass flew every direction, and I found myself standing barefoot in a pile of glass. (Yes, I’m a barefoot gal, even getting Christmas dinner.)
For a moment, we hardly knew what had happened. I thought my glass top stove had exploded; then, I see that somehow a burner had been turned on high under the glass dish, under the roast loin.
None of us know how the burner got on, I may have accidently done it myself, but the “who” makes no difference at all, as it was a time that I was so proud of my daughter and 3 granddaughters that were in the kitchen with me. (We were probably enjoying one another instead of watching what we were doing.)
Our daughter grabbed the potatoes, (they were covered,) and headed for the stove in the basement. I dumped the corn, because it wasn’t covered, grabbed the roast and headed for the sink, washed the roast, in fact scrubbed it. I found no glass actually on it.
In the meantime, the granddaughters went to work on cleaning and vacuuming up the glass, and bringing me shoes to get me out of the glass.
Everything got moved that needed moving, and cleaned that needed cleaning.
The turkey got done, meat was sliced, and, thanks to a couple microwaves, and the family, we stood around the table for prayer at 12:00. After prayer we sang the doxology.
I was so deeply grateful to God, that none of the 8 little kids were in the kitchen at the time of the explosion, as the explosion sent glass every direction, at approximately the children’s eye level. God protected us all from anything serious, and we enjoyed a wonderful, loving Christmas with a family that is so dear. God has proved Himself so faithful through the years. What a wonderful Savior.
And, we’ll never forget our Christmas of 2010.
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