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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ready or not...

You can stick a fork in me, baby, because I am DONE with shopping! If we don't have something at this point, we'll just have to do without!

I went out for a four-hour trek around town today and got the rest of the stuff we need to have a pleasant Christmas Eve and day. Lots of food, including a honey baked ham from Heavenly Ham (they're expensive but delicious) and a caramel cake and assorted cookies from the bakery down the street. I also picked up a nice selection of imported cheeses, olives, wine and champagne. We always eat really well at Christmas time.

I also got lots of treats for the dogs, and new toys for George and Marco (Ginger doesn't care for toys). It's not Christmas without stockings full of goodies for the pets.

Speaking of toys, I've mentioned before that my friend Marla is expecting a baby in February. Since I'll be an honorary Auntie to the child, I decided to buy a little gift for her this Christmas. She's due at the beginning of February.



That little stuffed dog is so wonderfully soft that you just want to rub it against your cheek. Perfect for a newborn. The book I chose to go with it is It's Time to Sleep, My Love by Nancy Tillman. Her books for children are really sweet, and they have the most exquisite watercolor illustrations.

I invited Marla over tonight after she got off work so I could give her the baby's gift. I prepared us drinks to toast with (champagne for me, sparkling white grape juice for her) and bakery cookies to munch on. We had a nice chat. Before she left I gave her a box of bayberry taper candles to burn for luck tomorrow night, and the gift for the baby. It was so nice to see her and wish her a merry Christmas--we've been friends for  quite a few of them, now.

So it's time for bed on this Christmas Eve eve, and as I went around blowing out candles and turning off lights to prepare for bed, I snapped a picture of our dining room table. I think it looks really pretty, shining there in the dark.


I'm ready for Christmas!

12 comments:

  1. I did my final shopping trip yesterday, and foolishly took Lady Magnon along. We now have enough food until February, and I can no longer get into the fridge. That's Christmas for you! Cro xx

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    1. My fridge is full to capacity as well. How very fortunate we all are!

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  2. As I'll be spending tonight (Christmas Eve) at my parents', and shall be joining them again on Boxing Day, I don't need any more food for the next few days as I normally would on a weekend. Therefore, my groceries shopping wasn't different from usual.
    But I will host a small after-Christmas dinner on the 28th, and that will mean some extra shopping, which I am looking forward to :-)

    Your gifts are sweet and thoughtful, and I am sure your friend loves them. The wreath on your table looks beautiful! Can't wait to see the tree my Mum and Dad are putting up today (with real candles, a MUST for us).

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family tonight! Merry Christmas!

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  3. "You can stick a fork in me, baby.." is not an expression I had ever heard before. I guess that our decapitated and roasted turkey might say those words before I carve it tomorrow afternoon!...Oh and your table does look lovely - like a page from a high society magazine. Happy Yuletide!

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    1. I think the "fork" expression must be an American one.

      Thank you for the nice comment about my wreath! It was just kind of thrown together at the last minute.

      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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  4. Best wishes! The stuffed animal choice was perfect.

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    1. I thought it was cute! Thanks for stopping in, and Merry Christmas! !

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  5. Have a lovely Christmas Jennifer, and enjoy all the bits and pieces you have bought. Rachelxxx

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