Sunday, December 16, 2012

Being Jolly

The social aspect of the holidays kicked into high gear this weekend. Saturday was the annual L. Family and Friends christmas party. It starts at 4pm and ends whenever. This photo was just one corner of the food. The other side of the kitchen had chowder, chili, rice, meatballs, sweet and sour pork etc. So needless to say nobody leaves this house hungry!!

When I got home I had to prep for today's party - family cookie exchange in a town about an hours drive from here. So, after 2 trips to the grocery store (reminder, check that you're not out of eggs before starting to bake) and a failed frosting attempt - I finished the cookies at 11pm.

My cousin hosted a lovely afternoon. She had the big beautiful real Christmas tree. It made me miss a real tree - the smell and the charm of it. But then I remembered the work of it and how satisfied I was a few days ago when I put those 3 pieces of pre-lit magic together and was done in 5 minutes.

So, inspired by my 2 parties I came home and finally got around to decorating my tree.

Christmas is officially on. The tragic events of a few days ago in Newtown should remind all of us to enjoy our time with family and friends.

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  1. I've done that so many times: realized in the throes of baking that I was out of something. My husband and I once made this spectacular carrot cake that we actually had to go to the store 3 times for - ridiculous! Love your tree and all of the food. Merry Christmas.

  2. Partay girl!! You deserve it ~ have as much fun as you can have!!!

  3. Hi Kim, What a pretty tree!I feel like I have been baking and sewing more then normal.So sad for the families I am keeping them in my prayers.Cheri

  4. Your tree is gorgeous good job I wish I could get mine up.

  5. The tree looks gorgeous. You will have lots of enjoyment just looking at it.
    It will be hard today going to work/ school. Seeing all our happy students and knowing just a few hours away there is such sadness and grief.

  6. Your tree looks like a photo from Country Living. I am so glad you had such a nice day.
    Have a lovely week.

  7. Hi Kim, I'm sorry that somehow I'm tardy with visiting your post today. It was late last night before I went to bed when I checked Blogger as my Magic Bag was warming in the microwave and I intended commenting but needed to get some sleep urgently. You know how blogger works by the first being last down the page.

    I have my coat on to go to the bank when it hit me that I had forgotten to comment this morning. My mind is on slow or maybe I have slugs in my brains.

    I love family parties and it's special when they're annual parties like yours. That's how it should be.

    I see some red wine on the table, could that be your glass, he,he?

    Your tree is gorgeous and it does look like it should be on the cover of some magazine.
    Got to run.
    Blessings on your day.
    Hugs, JB

  8. MMMmmmm. your table of food looks great and your tree is beautiful. Just get yourself a good winterberry candle!

  9. Just returned from my family get together and food fest. It was fun and fast and I miss them already! Your tree looks very lovely....Merry Christmas to you!

  10. I think a little "Martha" came out in you when you decorated your tree! :) It's lovely!

  11. Hi Kim! Your tree is sooo nice!! I don't even have a tree out here in Arizona :-(

    Happy Holidays!

  12. Hi Kim, now if you had a few chickens in the backyard there would be no need to make a late last minute grocery run. LOL. Your Christmas tree is lovely. Blind old Winslow Homer seems to enjoy walking under our tree's lower branches, using it for a scratching post for his back and Sadie Mae has decided a Christmas tree is the best toy ever!!!Merry Christmas to you, Julie.

  13. Kim - may you have a very merry and blessed Christmas. It all looks good!