I've been trying to decorate for Christmas. I had to jump in earlier than usual because I hosted a party here this past Sunday. So, fast motion prep! (I don't usually get decorated until about mid-December.)
First, the ever-important tree. We've always had live Frasier Firs. But this year I decided to buy an nice artificial one so we don't have to fight over who has to put on (and remove!) the lights. :) I really l like it!
You can see up close that it has a bit of sparkle that makes it look like snow.
I didn't get ornaments on it before the party, but with the lights and pinecones and "snow," it didn't look bad.
I actually spent more time on the mantel than I planned. I usually have the bottom tree branches that we cut off our trees. I totally forgot I wouldn't have that this year! So I got the berries out of the attic and went to do the mantel, and went, "Well, duh!" But I had bought a live wreath while at Home Depot, which didn't work out in the spot I had planned. So in a pinch, I ended up taking that wreath apart and used it!
I usually also have white lights through the greenery but ran out of time. I had to cook!
I made beef chili and vegetable posole soup. I tried this new recipe that turned out good (except I didn't like the smell! I think maybe it was the hominy that smelled bad to me.) It was so strange how it affected my nose. Tasted really good, though, with all the toppings.
Toppings for chili and soup included black beans, chopped black olives, green onions, avocado chunks, cilantro (I left it as a topping because I know how many people--around the cafe, too!--don't like it), sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
|Oops. Took the photo after dinner.|
I also made a spinach salad with chopped pistachios.
And one of my friends offered to bring something. She's an excellent baker, so I asked her to bring dessert. She brought my favorite...
Poor thing said she had to make two batches of icing. Said she burned the first one.
I enjoyed a nice, fat piece!
We had a great time at our annual ornament exchange! I still haven't finished decorating but at least got enough of a start to have a Christmas party. Once my daughter gets home after finals, I'll have some help finishing. :)
Oh! The sounds of Christmas...
I wanted to share this video. It's a piece our church choir will be singing for our Christmas music. It's become one of my very favorites! It'll give you chill bumps--the good kind. I just hope I can sing it without getting choked up. Enjoy! I hope it brightens your holiday prep.