Christmas in Retrospect

Christmas in retrospect…one of my most pleasant and fulfilling Christmas’ in years. There were so many times that I was blessed to gather together with our friends, family and church family this year. I say “I” because Johnny works so many hours and misses many events. But this year I think that he was able to attend more than previous. For this I am grateful. We together hosted a table at our Churches Angel Tree Party and were able to attend the traditional Christmas Dessert that our church puts on as well. My sweet friend Stefanie hosted a beautiful and delicious cookie exchange that I had not been able to attend years previous, so I was pleased to be a part this year.  One of my “treats” was when my special friend Michelle took me to a lovely holiday lunch. I visited my dear friends at their home one evening and saw the most gigantic Christmas tree I have ever seen in someones family room! Johnny and I were privileged to have two separate dinner party’s  at our home with friends and family. One was a week prior to Christmas and the other was on Christmas day. Baking Christmas cookies with my dear mother and sister-in-law was special for me. My mother has recently moved in with my brother’s family, so to spend time with her in her new home was really good for me. My kind brother and his wife have given up their bedroom for my mother…an act of service and Christ like love. And at last, our time together on Christmas eve was very lovely at my brother’s house, a new tradition for our family as my mother has “handed the baton” to them for this family evening. Amazing food, fellowship and lots of love! Definitely, a Christmas season to remember.

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Oh, the joy of food and fellowship around the table with friends!

My dear husband Johnny works long hard hours…which are anything but ideal to plan around. So about three months ago he requested two specific days off to accommodate three couple friends that we wanted to have over for a holiday dinner.  The date was set and we were blessed that all of the couples were able to keep the date and to come and enjoy a delicious dinner with us the week before Christmas. On the menu was baked salmon and chocolate moose made from scratch. Johnny is the wonderful chef in the home (yeah!) and I am the detail person. And to my surprise and joy, our home was able to comfortably hold eight of us around the table…something that I was more than at tidbit concerned would work. When we downsized a little more than a year ago, there were trade offs…more affordable, yet smaller and not ideal for having friends and family over. But it was fine. Hooray!  The evening was lovely and the memories…oh so sweet.