Let's see. What else needs to be done before Christmas? We only have one full week left, you know. Are you ready? Do you get stressed out or do you just do what you can and forget the rest? I tend to fall into the latter category. Christmas should be a joyful time, not stressful. The most important things always get done.
I have always loved an old-fashioned Christmas. The tree is filled with ornaments (and sometimes a kitty) we've collected over the years and have meaning to us. The ornament with the cardinal in the first photo was one that belonged to my sweet grandmother and I think of her each year it is hung on the tree and how she, even tho she lived alone for many years, always decorated a small, tabletop tree and put out her gumdrop tree and Nativity scene each Christmas. I am so happy to still have an ornament that belonged to her!
We love to take a drive around the neighboring towns and look at the decorated yards and houses each Christmas. When our children were little, that is what we did while Santa always came by the house when we were gone. Mom, of course, always forgot something and had to go back into the house before we headed out for our drive to put out Santa's gifts.
While shopping the other day, I spotted a kiosk in the mall that had calendars by the dozens and stopped by to ask if they might have a Susan Branch calendar. They did and I happily took one home with me. Do you buy yourself something while shopping for others? I also spotted this little tree while shopping that looked pretty indestructible for the table. You know, when Mom is away the kitties will play! The tree is metal and I put flameless tealights in the candle holders.
I met my daughter after she got off work last night for a little shopping and we stopped for supper at the Golden Corral. We hadn't eaten there in a while and, believe me, I didn't need to eat so much! But it was good and what fun to see the Cotton Candy! It was even more fun to eat it. ;-) Daughter found herself a new coat and I was pretty good and only bought a set of Pfaltzgraff Christmas dishes at the resale shop that was marked way down. I think I'll give them to her for her new home, even though it won't be ready to move into by Christmas. Work there has slowed down a bit...we've decided to take a long Christmas break.
Our son just called to say he was back in KC from a few days business trip to sunny California. I wish he could have brought some sunshine back with him! We haven't seen the sun but once in many, many days. While others may be wishing for snow for Christmas, I'm wanting sunshine!
Happy Friday to you!