It took awhile this year for the spirit of the holidays to hit me. All the everyday stuff was getting in the way and decorating and Christmas primping just wasn't a priority. But yesturday it started to creep in slowly.
It began after lunch when a special annual gift arrived at the door. My Auntie worked for a family construction business for over 40 years before retiring 6 years ago. The matriarch of the family has never forgotten us. Mrs. C is 91 years old and still bakes like a professional. She can no longer do the delivering but her daughter makes the visits. She arrived with a large basket full of 2 apple pies, a large Sultana cake, gumdrop cake, and peanut butter cookies.
Then it was time to go to my first Christmas Party of the season. One of my co-workers and dear friends passed away a year and a half ago to cancer. His family has included me in their annual party for extended family and friends. It is a wonderful event. Lots of friends - old and new - and lots of little ones running around in their sparkly dresses. A large beautifully decorated tree. And the FOOD - WOW......Chili, clam chowder, seafood chowder, chow mein, sweet and sour pork, chinese rice, And then a dining room table covered completely in cheese/crackers, chocolates, fudge and assorted sweets. I was so stuffed when I got home I had to lay down and take a Zantac. LOL Always the sign of a good party, eh!
Oh and the little picture of the ornament is what Mrs. L slipped in my hand as I was leaving. She had made a few ornaments for special guests. I love because it was made by Tim's mom, for me.
Ho Ho Ho - I found my Christmas Mojo!