What should be the focus is spending quality time with family and friends. And that is exactly how I spent my weekend.
Saturday I travelled to Truro for a family cookie exchange. I listened to Christmas music in the car for my hour drive and had a lovely afternoon visiting with the Jones family. My cousin hosted and prepared some appetizers and cider and of course, the table full of cookies. We talked and laughed and spent way too much time trying to complete what appeared to be a very simple little puzzle. Nine pieces . . . How hard could it be ? Well, according to the box there were approximately 300,000 wrong combinations. Well, we never did solve it. (The key has to be in the double club piece . . . .) It was frustratingly fun though.
I drove back home, singing Christmas carols all the way, to arrive at party #2. My friend's family hosts an annual Christmas Family & Friends Extravaganza the Saturday before Christmas. Their home is always packed with people and there is just no end to the food. Huge pots of chili, seafood chowder, meatballs, rice, noodles, sweet and sour pork. Then a fruit/cheese and dessert spread on the dining room table. And lots of Gloria's famous divinity fudge (my favorite). I'm sure I gained 5 pounds just this weekend.
The perfect end to Saturday night was coming home to discover my favorite movie was on TV - It's A Wonderful Life. I'm sure I have seen this movie 100 times, but I can't resist it. I love those old Christmas movies - the cheesier and hokier the better.
AND FINALLY - - - I decorated my Christmas tree this morning. Yippee - now it actually feels like Christmas in this house.
And in a tradition that began after losing a beloved uncle about 15 years ago - I hid the "Christmas Frog" within the branches of the tree. Can you see him ?
Just a few more close ups of the tree. My overall tree shots were all blurry. I'll try again another day.