The good thing about lots of Christmas celebrations is that it's loads of fun! So we let the fun continue!
"Real" Christmas Day found us saying goodbye to the kids and hello to our friends! Inside it was cozy and warm. Outside it was like this.
You could hardly see across the street and from my FB friends I noticed many didn't travel, even short distances. The frost was definitely on the window!
I couldn't get great shots but if you want to see some of the most amazing ice crystal photos, check out Tammie's blog and scroll down her posts -- one amazing photographer who has maxed out ice shots! Meanwhile -- mine pale in comparison!
We had six for dinner. As always, the Spode Christmas china that was my mom's and her crystal and silver.
I made the place cards and menu cards from some of my art. And I took my Southern Exposure visits to heart with the chair covers and little stockings for tucking the napkins!
Being surrounded by friends is indeed a wonderful feeling, especially on a day like Christmas.
Our dinner included ham, mom's scalloped potatoes and my cousin Bonnie's corn casserole. Wally had brought cheese for before to enjoy with Rick's baguettes and jalapeno/cheese bread; Kate made an amazing salad and Byron's cranberries had a terrific surprise ingredient -- maraschino cherries! Yum!
Later, our friends Richard and Elaine joined us for dessert and when everyone was gone, we tumbled into bed! Super-tired but with visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads!
The next day brought more company, my friend Jerry who came from Paris. It was a short visit but filled with joy and wonderful conversation.
And really, that's what this part of Christmas is all about. Spending time with family and friends, catching up, enjoying good food and sharing wonderful fellowship.
We'll just skip the part about doing the dishes!
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