Monday, December 19, 2016

A SYNOPSIS OF OUR CHRISTMAS SEASON----

Usually during the month of December I'm prolific with blog posts, but not this year.  I've been neglecting my blog ---- 
not because I haven't been doing our usual Christmas stuff
 ----  it just takes longer to accomplish everything the older I get.  
So here we are with one long post about Christmas 2016 in the Salmagundi household.
It took a whole week to put up the trees and over-decorate every available surface inside and out.



We decided to have an afternoon open house this year; so I made 26 dozen cookies plus assorted savories including dips, flavored pretzels, cheese, chips, crackers, fruit, hot and cold beverages, etc. etc.  More time than I like to spend in the kitchen; but it was worth it to be able to share with our friends.


However, I took the easy way out with the shopping.
The grandkids are getting so grown up, and are so opinionated in their choice of clothes (and rightly so!).  We are slowly trying to develop personal style.  I succumb to gift cards occasionally on other holidays, but for Christmas I like to have presents under the tree.
So, we took each kid individually to the city to shop for clothes.  They are not to tell anyone else what we bought; I bring every thing home and wrap it up.  On Christmas morning everyone gets to ACT surprised.  I've done this before with Caitlin, but this will be Wyatt's first year of no surprises. (Well, maybe one or two little things.)
Both kids look great in anything they wear, so it is fun shopping with them.  Surprisingly, they are very cost-conscious with my money.  They seem to have a great time, too; as I'm not always as practical as their parents can be!  And, of course, the shopping trips always involve lunch and/or dinner.  A great time spent with each grandchild individually.  

 December is the month of Jenni's adoption day and Bob's birthday. We have done our share of socializing also with friends this month, plus enjoying the Advent activities at church.
I've also been sewing on a couple of Christmas gifts.  I'll post those on my quilting blog, http://qbits-salmagundi.blogspot.com/, after Christmas.

About all that is left now is Christmas dinner.  Our family is so set in their ideas about what we should have for Christmas brunch/dinner ---- the usual ham, cheesy potatoes, an egg dish, coffee cake, jello salad, broccoli salad, hot rolls, cheese ball, yogurt pie, cookies, and whatever else they think I should cook.  
Our son, Mike, and I decided at Thanksgiving time that we want something different this year.  So, I will fix all of the usual things for everyone else; plus make a vegetarian lasagna for Mike and I.  The other day my Wed. a.m. coffee group was discussing food; and they said that everyone else will probably want the lasagna, too.  Then, Bob and I will end up eating that huge ham and potatoes for the remainder of the year by ourselves.  Ugh, I'm not the ham or potato type!

We'll see how that plays out later -- family dynamics with food are interesting at our house!

That's about it for the preparations for the Christmas season this year.  Now to my favorite part -----
The week before Christmas is when we can slow down and reflect on just why we celebrate the season.  I love that Christmas is on Sunday this year -- not only do we have Christmas Eve services, but an opportunity to celebrate at church on Sunday morning, too.  Then, we'll have family time on Christmas afternoon.

May all of you have a joyous Christmas with those you love.

I'm joining the following:
Back Yard Neighbor for Blue Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Coastal Charm for Show and Share Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

5 comments:

Sophie's mom said...

I love how you over decorated every surface😉🎄. And that plaid wrapping and ribbon is perfect. Merry Christmas to you and your family
Pat

Jann Olson said...

Well girl, you say you are getting older; but you still know how to decorate and serve a feast! You really are quite amazing! Shopping with each grand sounds fun. I have 10 so that might be a bit difficult, but I like the idea. One of my kids ordered everything on line for us to give their kids and had it shipped here. That was nice and easy. Although I had so much wrapping! I told hubby that we are cutting back on the amount that we spend next year. They have so much that their parents don't even know what to buy them. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Sally! Oh, I've so enjoyed catching up on your Christmasing. Your homes looks so beautiful and I like your new tradition of Christmasing with the grandkids. I got a bit lazy this year and shopped alot on Amazon. Boy that was easy! :) Your layout of food for your come and go looks so marverlous and good. I know you must be the best cook. We had a nice Christmas with our little ones and now I'm still trying to get rested up! Talk about old - I got my Medicare card now! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Such a beautiful post, Sally! YOU are amazing -- that holiday open house spread is fantastic!
Your home looks beautiful --- of course, I adore the plaid touches.
Love that you take your grandkids for personal one-on-one shopping days. Everyone wins and what great memories they will have.
Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy new year! God bless!
xoxoxox
Alison

The Charm of Home said...

Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! Happy New Year!