In anticipation of everything happening this past weekend, I took Sat off work. Sat morning Spouse & I met Steven for breakfast, then went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for the food we'll serve at our tree trimming party. Once we'd put away the food, I finished decorating the inside of the house. I'd started the decorating last weekend but finished it on Sat.
As Spouse began making the party food, I went on a Christmas home tour. There were 9 local homes on the tour, including a couple homes I'd toured when they were for sale. The tour was very well attended and several of the homes were quite lovely, all decked out in their Christmas regalia.
After the tour I helped Spouse clean up the kitchen a bit, and then we met Steven for dinner. (Thad was out of town.) After dinner I performed as Elton John in the Blue Moon's holiday Legends show.
Sun morning we met Steven & Thad for breakfast, then returned home where Spouse began warming the food he'd made the day before and I began setting the tables and getting the platters, bowls, and serving pieces out. Shortly before our friends began to arrive we plated the food and put the drinks out on the beverage table.
Thanks to Spouse's cooking the day before and my planning an organization, we got everything set up with a little time to spare (let's take a selfie!) and with no yelling. I consider this a definite "win".
Our friends arrived and we had drinks and conversation for a little while, then had dinner. Spouse made meatballs in Italian gravy (tomato sauce), Italian sausage with peppers and onions, rolls, and a roasted vegetable pasta salad.
Then we migrated to the living room and began trimming the Christmas tree.
Occasionally folks paused from the decorating to enjoy some sweets (brownies, chocolate chip cookies, anis pizzelles, and chocolate covered pretzels).
The tree went from this:
|Yes, the tree isn't straight, and neither are we. :-)|
Everyone kept joking that we surely HAD to be nearing the end of the ornaments as the tree became colorful, but I assured them there were plenty MORE ornaments to fill in. "I like just a little bit of green to show through" I told them.
I really love this tradition of having friends help decorate the tree. Its a fun way to get together during the holiday season and it makes the tree look different every year.