|The Magi made it to the Manger!|
I noticed this year that more people seem to have kept their decorations up, at least through this weekend. It made me smile. It's always so sad to see people in such a hurry to put decorations up at Thanksgiving, and then be in such a rush to take them down the day after Christmas.
I put my tree up earlier this year than I had before. I kind of did it in stages, though, because I ordered a new pre-lit tree, and, well, because of this:
|Gurl Dogg does like to get into stuff!|
I had no idea how she was going to react to the tree, or to the presents under it. I put up the tree and waited. So far, so good. Then, I put the skirt under. No problem. Then came the really tricky part: the presents. She was good as gold! The only time she even sniffed at them was when CH put my presents that my niece wrapped for him (and did a fantastic job!) under the tree.
I was very pleased with my new tree:
|The pre-lit tree was incredibly stress-free to put up|
I had a few new ornaments this year:
|This was from my trip to New Orleans for a conference in July|
|One of my sisters sent this to me...an angel with a flute!|
|Of course, I brought an ornament back from Ireland!|
|This is technically a sun-catcher from Cliffs of Moher, but I'm using it as an ornament.|
Usually, for Christmas Eve Dinner I make a dessert, but I didn't this year. The past couple of years I ended up having to throw it away, so I didn't even bother this year. No one even noticed. One of our traditions is an almond in pistachio pudding: whoever finds the nut gets a prize. I didn't do that, either, and not one word was mentioned about it. That will make things much easier for next year!
CH & I went back to St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Fl. between Christmas & New Year's Day. More on that later! We had a nice vacation and spent New Year's Day with his parents. Good times!
Now it's back to the ordinary. The decorations are in boxes, ready to be taken downstairs. Time to get back to "normal"!