The Third Day of Christmas

The week before Christmas, our elementary school celebrated with a holiday concert.  The new music teacher, Mr. E., did an outstanding job.

The girls were excited about their songs for weeks and I was so excited to hear them finally sing at the concert.

It was truly a wonderful way to kick off the holiday week!

Good job my girlies!  I am so proud of you!

The Second Day of Christmas

One thing that has become a tradition here at our house is the Gingerbread House that magically shows up each year.  Neil and Ellie Claus are on the ball!

You have never seen such a perfect gingerbread house that is as tasty and fresh as it is pretty!


My dear ole friend, Neil,  from my before-the-kids, working days on Beacon Hill began sending this holiday treat to the kids years ago.  How many, I can’t even remember.  Neil and I worked together for years and he was a mentor, friend, and even father figure.  His advice got me out of some pickles and surely saved me from myself on more than one occasion.  We had some great times together and I still carry lessons with me today that I learned from him.  He met all the kids when they were babies but admittedly it has been too many years since we last saw each other.  (I’ll take the heat for that .)

But, the gingerbread house usually appears here about the time of his birthday so we usually reconnect annually in December.  It is also a great time for me to tell my kids stories about Neil and when we worked together as we devour the holiday treat.

Neil has 4 kids of his own and 5 (I think?) grandkids and yet takes the time every year to remember my kids.  When I count my blessings every year at Christmastime, you can be sure that Neil is on that list.

Love ya Neilie!


The First Day After Christmas

I hope everyone had a  Merry Christmas (or happy holiday, whatever you may celebrate)!

I was so busy the last few weeks and apparently too busy to blog.  But I do have things to share so I thought I would start a 12 Days After Christmas blog series.

On the First Day After Christmas, I am still so happy that all the kids are busy enjoying their new gifts!

Hope your day was merry and bright!

Denial No More

It was 60 degrees again yesterday.  I love it but it is hard to think Christmas when I am running in shorts still.  Try as I may to deny that Christmas is coming, that attitude is only going to land me in one heap of a pickle.  So, last night I hardened my resolve to begin to celebrate and plan and shop and decorate for Christmas.

What does that mean?  First and foremost, holiday music!  My car radio is glued to the all Christmas music station now and I have a few new albums (just like Debbi) to add to my playlist.

A little Michael Buble

and Orla Fallon

and some Trans-siberian Orchestra

and something for the kids, Taylor Swift.

I will take the mild temperatures and rely on the mood enhancing music to bring me the Christmas Spirit.

Off to tackle the major to-do list…

and as a reward, I get to work on my Polar Chullo Hat which is coming along nicely (2 earflaps done and a liner so far.) I chose the Midnight Blue as you can see.

What are you up to?