The goose was easy to prepare, cook, and carve, but was more expensive than I had anticipated. (I also got shafted by the butcher, but that's a story for a different day.) Overall, the goose was a hit and I would cook one again. But I think I'll try something else, like rack of lamb, for my next holiday meal.
On another note, my marvelous knockout roses are still in bloom, so I clipped several and scattered them around my holiday table. They brightened up my ordinary table, and were much prettier than the overpriced greenery that the florist at Eastern Market tried to sell me!