We got a new tree - quite a bargain from Lowes - it's pre-lit and very pretty with pine cones. Still haven't dared decorate it with anything else yet though.
We've had more snow, all this weekend, will get some pictures later on - winter wonderland is an understatement!
It was Gary's work lunch on Friday - you just need to refer to last year's corresponding entry for exactly what happened. The only difference were a few new faces.
I am snowed under trying to get my Christmas present projects done. I have finished one and have two more to finish by the end of the day - they must get mailed tomorrow - pictures when they have been received. I know it's getting late for that but the creative process sometimes just can't be rushed.
Whilst on the subject of mailing - I want to say how fantastic Amazon (both .com and .co.uk) in combination with UPS and whoever delivers their UK stuff have been this year. I have ordered from both sites using their standard 2 day shipping and things have been delivered the next day! I know the UPS guys must be working overtime as recently we have had deliveries at 6.30 in the evening. Thank you!
Tuesday is our annual Neighborhood Progressive Dinner. They were desperate so I was press-ganged into hosting a main course for 10 people. I don't mind too much and have planned on a menu I can cook mostly the night before so I don't have to rush home from work and panic. I am doing Delia's Beef and Veg Stew with Onion-crusted Dumplings which should be very tasty and warming on a cold winter's night! Someone else will bring a green vegetable to go with it and I think the dumplings will provide the starch element so no potatoes required.
I have done my little advent calendar again - over on the left hand side there. This year's features photo's I have taken during the year either of family or nature - approximately 2 from each month.
Another thing I must do today, apart from shopping for food for Tuesday and getting the house ready is mix up my Christmas Pudding - again Delia comes to the rescue. Delia is a goddess so perhaps I shouldn't mess with her recipes but I add cherries and grated carrot to mine.
Helping Santa find interesting things for Lucy's Sam's and Edward's "stockings" (quotes are because they actually have/had pillowcases) has always been one of my favourite challenges each year. This year I only have one stocking - now that Sam, as well as Lucy, is married and out of the house, but Edward is at the that age when so many things are "lame" and induce that eye-rolling thing that teenagers do so well that it makes it an even harder challenge. We will see in due course whether I have been successful or not, though I have a feeling he will be waking up just as early on Christmas morning as in previous years to find out! In the past they have usually shown each other their things until it is an almost reasonable hour to come in to show us. I think these kind of changes to our little family traditions are the ones that really bring home to me that we are moving into a new phase of life! I will miss them, but it is equally as exciting seeing them grown up and making their own little traditions.
Well I had better go before I start getting teary-eyed and actually do the things I have said I must do today!