bunny_hugger was absolutely right: cookie-making wasn't something we did Christmas Eve. It was the day before that. I'm glad to have the correction; I got honestly confused in my memory and couldn't think how all of this fit together.
Well, but, it was much like I'd started describing, moving the rabbit and the mouse and setting them up, which included, I believe, both her parents separately asking about how much to feed the mouse. It doesn't take much, and a wild mouse will just cache the extra if it's fed too much. But their (perfectly fair) worry was also ... well, kind of wonderfully home.
bunny_hugger's brother cooked dinner, not the Quorn roast which we'd gone searching for in the somewhat frantic last moments before leaving for the day. (The health food store claimed they had one, but we couldn't find it; it was hidden on the top shelf.) That was to be Christmas day's dinner. Her brother does a lot of cooking when he's home for events like this, as he's picked up that knack for cooking that comes to people who're enough like him.
We had the time to play a round of Betrayal at the House on the Hill, a vaguely horror/monster-movie-based game that bunny_hugger really loves, and that requires at minimum three people to play, so you see the problem, since her parents are positive it's too complicated for them to even try. Her brother's visits are about the only time she does get to play. What's complicated about it is that there's a starting mode where you're simply exploring a spooky and omen-ridden house, and at some point in the game the big secret evil gets revealed and the objectives of the game are defined, including, in certain cases, one of the characters suddenly becoming the antagonist. We hit a scenario which lacked a particular antagonist, but made up for it by giving us a case where one character could get out alive. bunny_hugger's brother did.
Past that we also watched a couple of Christmas DVDs. First was the Alastair Sim Christmas Carol, which should be an of-course, although in the chaos of the Christmas rush for 2012 we missed the chance for that last time. Then Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, which produced an argument about how exactly they could possibly have done the rowboat scenes. Fortunately, there were special features which explained much of the making of the show. Her brother was again right about how they could have made the otters speak and turn their heads and row the boats and all that.
Trivia: Gracie Allen performed in vaudeville with her three sisters, billed as the Four Colleens. Source: No Applause - Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, Trav S D (D Travis Stewart).
Currently Reading: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, Nick Taylor.