Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Is It Really Over?

The most wonderful time of the year...Christmas.  I'm not quite ready for it to be over.  Not only do I love seeing the house decorated and the tree lights, but it's just too much work to dismantle after a short time.  I will enjoy it all at least another week! 

Our Christmas was so very nice.  Hope yours was, too.  We had some great weather until the rains began and it has rained and rained.  Our son and daughter were here for both Christmas eve and Christmas Day.  We had our traditional pizza on Christmas eve and I fixed a big turkey dinner the next day.  Wasn't it just a few days before that I fixed a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving?  Time flies between the two holidays.   

I only baked a pumpkin pie for dessert, having gone to the Amish country again for some baked goodies.  My daughter went along and we made a day of it, going to lunch in Columbia and doing some shopping, too.

That is the table set for dinner in the collage above.  BG is sitting at the head of the table waiting impatiently to eat while I snap a few pics, son is on the right, but you can only see his hands.  I got a good shot of daughter and J that day, but I can't remember now what they were laughing at.  We had a good time and laughter is always part of our family gatherings.  We played cards and ate and napped and ate.
We really had too much food.  I still fix the same amount for 5 as I used to fix for 15.  It's nice, though, to have leftovers and food to send home with our son.  Some of the candy has been put in the freezer.  

We got some nice gifts.  My new bread box pictured in the collage that my son gave me will be handy.  One of the gifts from our daughter was a pretty gift basket with goodies and a couple of movies to watch that look good.  I also got some new ornaments and other nice things.  And badly needed potholders!  Do you put off buying potholders like I do?  lol!   

My last gift from my younger brother is the nativity set shown in the collage and is always on display each Christmas.  It's sitting up high along with my collection of bottles out of reach of the furry ones.  They have been trying my patience with knocking ornaments off the trees.  They think they were put there for their amusement, I'm sure!

Our friends, Ell and Bob, will be here tomorrow night for New Year's Eve dinner.  I am making lasagna, salad and rolls.  A quick and easy chocolate whipped topping pie will be dessert.  That will make a nice change from all the ham and turkey we've been eating this week.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I wish each of you the very best New Year ever!  Thank you for your comments and friendship this year.
Happy New Year!
xo Cheryl


  1. Sounds like a great Christmas with more fun to come. I agree. Too much work to take it down so soon. Enjoy! Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year. It is a good thing you went to Branson when you did because of all the flooding. It is devastating for sure. We were there toward the end of October. We went to Silver Dollar City and they had some Christmas lights up and doing some more. Family makes the holidays special. Our oldest flew in Christmas Eve from Louisiana. All the kids and grandsons were my Christmas present. I just wanted us to be together. How close are you to the flooding? Take care. Hugs and Prayers from your NW Missouri Friend Shirley

  3. So glad that you had a wonderful holiday season.... filled with family, laughter and love :)
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!!

    Smiles :)

  4. Thanks, Cheryl, for sharing your Christmas holiday memories. They are special times with famiky, friends and good food, and it does seem a shame the holiday is over so soon. I have enjoyed your posts this past year and thank younfor your comments on our own blog. We wish you and yours all the best for the coming New Year!

  5. Morning Cheryl, I keep asking myself that, cannot believe so fast Christmas went.... Loved reading your Christmas memories,Happy New Year!!!!!! Hugs Francine.

  6. Sounds like you had fun and made great memories. Happy New Year to you.

  7. I so enjoyed reading of your Christmas celebrations, Cheryl, love your gifts! I usually wait until the end of the first week in January to take the decorations down, but decided to do things a little different this year! Yesterday I started and plan to finish today! And already missing the tree in our TV room!

    Read your last post, and am so envious(in a good way) Going to Branson is still on my to do list! Maybe this year!.
    Wishing you and your family a very blessed and Happy New Year!.
    Hugs from me to you,

  8. Hi Cheryl~

    Happy New Year!!

    It's always hard for me to take down the tree too, I love the feeling of Christmas! I will also miss the Christmas tree lights in my living room, they just make me feel so cozy and warm. Although, I am ready for a new year, lots of new opportunities to make a few changes, take another look at my to-do-list, pull up my boot straps and get to work.

    I love all of your pictures in your collage. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, nothing better than celebrating with family.

    I also put cookies, candy and other sweet treat in the freezer, less dangerous that way . . . :0) I do love your menu for New Year's Eve, Lasagna sounds wonderful, I'm also tired of turkey and ham. We don't have big plans for tonight, my husband is sick with a bad cold, so staying home and staying warm, will be our New Year's Eve plan. It is freezing cold here! When I woke up this morning, it was -16 degrees, so staying home is a good thing!

    Have a wonderful night, and a very happy New Year!!


  9. glad you had a good one! (you should SEE my potholders! ugh!) :) happy new year!

  10. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, Cheryl! Wishing you a joyful, happy 2016!

  11. We have one more Christmas gathering tomorrow, so we are lingering in the Christmas season too.

    Glad to hear (and see in your collage) that yours was a happy celebration!

    Turkey dinner leftovers are a good thing, I think. :) Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  12. Your Christmas celebration looked like a really good one.I love that you had your children home; that is the best. Wishing for you all blessings in the New Year of 2016. I have loved following your posts and becoming dear blogging friends. You are awesome~ Hope you have a great New Year's celebration with your friends. Hugs~

  13. Have a wonderful new year. Sounds like you had a great holiday with your family.

  14. Your Christmas looks and sounds wonderful.
    Happy New Year to you too, Cheryl.

  15. Happy New Year!!! Yum....I should have headed your way. I love Lasagna and my family does NOT. Hoping the year ahead will be full of many Blessings for your family.

  16. It sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Love the collage. Here's to a great 2016!

  17. Loved hearing about your Christmas Cheryl~ It all looks very warm and festive! Beautiful photos captured the merriment. Wishing you a very blessed New Year!

  18. I am so far behind it gets scary . . ,
    Not really . . .
    Loved seeing and hearing about some of your Christmas . . .
    And now it is January 2 . . .
    Happy New Year!

  19. I am not ready to let Christmas go this year but more than ready to see 2015 gone! We took our decorations down yesterday but I left my Mom's little one foot high ceramic tree out.. it is lit right now. Wishing you and your family, kitties too, a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year!

  20. A lovely celebration and I enjoyed your photo collage. Very pretty pictures.

    Thank you for visiting me when I was on vacation. I am back now and hope to catch up over the following week. My first post on our trip is here:

    Happy New Year!