I had honest to goodness carolers show up at my door last night!
I can't remember the last time I had a group of carolers show up to sing that didn't include some of my own children. They even were passing out homemade Christmas Greetings with candy canes attached. This random act of holiday cheer has rounded out a week of holiday preparedness as we go into the home stretch of Christmas.
A week ago Friday kicked off the start of Christmas vacation for Youngest. She hosted a little get together with some gal pals from school. They ate pizza, decorated cookies, drank hot chocolate and held singing and dancing contests...and of course the traditional Yule Pyramid (obviously it collapsed-but kudos for trying.)
Every year my guests never cease to amaze me with their culinary skills. We had such a beautiful selection and all delicious to boot. The "Dirty Santa" ornament exchange proved to be as lively as ever. It always starts out nice and then the "Santa Claws" come out and some real maneuvering takes place in order to obtain a coveted decoration.
This year we actually had two of the same exact ornaments- both chosen one right after the other and these proved to be some of the most popular and "stolen" ornaments of the night.
Everyone is always a good sport- and once you factor in all the "Red Rooster Punch" that is consumed- we all had a pretty good time. This annual event has really come to be a holiday favorite event for me. It signals the start of Christmas vacation. It's a time to sit back, relax eat some yummy snacks, drink some Christmas Cheer and laugh- alot. NO Holiday STRESS is allowed. We check it at the door.
Most of the pals are over getting their pics taken- so thanks to M and C for smiling for the camera.
E and C posed for a shot too! Thanks to my buds for baking and blitzing with me- you always put me in the holiday spirit. Today I'm off to pick up my Christmas Roast and to get my nails done by Eldest at her salon. (Merry Christmas to me.) Hopefully, I'll find some time to get some wrapping in before we head off to Christmas Eve Mass, otherwise, it will be a very late night. Oh well, it won't be the first time and I know it won't be the last that I pull an almost all-nighter for wrapping.
So- for now I wish you for all of you a very Merry Christmas. Hopefully, wherever you are - you are with those you care about. Enjoy, relax and remember it's just one day- but the spirit of what that day means can go on and on...