I'm certain everyone's tired of looking at, and reading about Christmas trees, cute kids and food. This is the last from me. Promise.
I posted a photo of our naked tree a few weeks ago. It stayed naked for several days, and I really liked how it looked all undressed. A couple of people [literally two] wanted to see it decorated. Some of the ornaments are as old as I am, some are made by the kids, and some are from the grocery store "impulse buy" section near the gum, videos, and *warm french bread [*every day at 4:00!].
My parents spent Christmas with us. Mother's birthday is December 22nd and I had intentions of doing a post in her honor. I'll do that... later. Mom and Dad arrived on her birthday after a long, snowy drive from Arizona to Utah. We celebrated.
Christmas week, we went sledding, worked on a puzzle, ate and drank, shoveled snow, built an igloo in the backyard, relaxed, ate and drank some more, and shoveled more snow.
I made Beef Wellington for the first time EVER. [Sorry Sherri, I know you're a vegetarian, so don't look at this or click to enlarge. It's a big hunk of "tortured flesh" - John Robbins' words, not mine.]
The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas were fewer this year. I know many of us felt it. I was mailing Christmas letters on the 24th, and I have a few more to address.
Christmas morning arrived even though I wasn't quite ready for it. And everything was just. fine. It was better than fine. It was peaceful, there was falling snow, and we were all happy to share time together.
The economy dampens my spirit, and increases my stress. It affects us all. Chris and I are taking things a day at a time and trying to focus on what's important, and release the things we can't control. [Remind me I said that when I freak out - please.] I hope everyone was/is able to enjoy the simple things this holiday season.
Mary in her pretty dress...