Hi everyone! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and you are now taking a few moments to enjoy the after Christmas, before New Years, downtime. I know, right! WHAT down time? I have been on the go since Christmas Eve (or before) but it's all been fun.
Since I haven't been online since Christmas Eve, I'll start with it.
I cleaned our room and had it ready for Christmas Eve game night. This is where we live. Bed at one end, kitchen at the other, and recliners/tv in the middle. I know I've shown you before, but I like to show it off when it's all cleaned up and ready for company!
Lots of sweet treats! I made a couple of Mexican dishes this year for Christmas Eve. Vickie made her tortilla chip dip, which is always a hit. Mom made delicious Mexican wedding cakes. And Theresa brought over jalapeno poppers. No reason we went with this food theme except that we were tired of all of the traditional food. Thanksgiving came late this year and with Christmas only three weeks later, it seems like we just finished the thanksgiving leftovers when Christmas arrived!
You know Vickie surprised me with an Advent Calendar this year. Here is a picture of it again for those that missed it. The shoe rack is under the panel she made out of material. I would lift the panel to take out a gift.
My last gift was in a shoe box. I opened it and it was "A Lonely Goatherd" puppet. And when you move it's lips it sings, "High on a hill was a lonely goatherd, layee odl layee odl lay hee hoo!" I think it sings the entire song! In the gift was also the Sound of Music CD. FUN! I L.O.V.E. the Sound of Music. I wanted to grow up, get married, live in the country, have a dozen children, and make their clothes out of curtains!!!!
Vickie also got my sister and me, our day after Thanksgiving shopping trip globage! We didn't think they had them this year. Apparently, they had them, but didn't advertise that they had them. Here's what I think...the new tradition is for Vickie to get our globages for us.
I think next year we ALL need to wear footy pjs!
Because we have so many Christmas goodies, her Mom usually brings a cupcake for her. She opened her gifts, then the competition began!
I have little gifts for winners. Some are "zonks" and some are nice. This year I got mostly practical gifts with some goodwill goodies. And a few of the bags have lottery tickets in them.
This game had a snowman in the middle of the paper,
And this was Robert. He kept starting to draw something then he'd erase it and say noooo. And he did that repeatedly for the entire 60 seconds! We were cracking up laughing.
After this we played a dice game called Left, Right, Center. I won twice!!!! YAY me! We had an enjoyable evening. After everyone left I cleaned up most of the mess, and relaxed.
I have a December tradition. When I put up the tree, I read "goody-goody" Christmas stories. It's something I've done for several years and I love these stories. I got a late start this year, so I'm going to continue my Christmas story reading into January.
1) The Grinch that Stole Christmas
2) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
3) Jingle Bell Rock (LOL! I know! The big round thing is a rock)
4) Feliz Navidad
5) Santa Baby
6) It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas