Happy New Year!!!
I’ve been wondering when the new year is no longer new. We are nearly two weeks into 2014 and people are still wishing me a happy one. So, I guess 2014 still has that new car smell. Maybe that newness wears off when the year starts smelling like old take out and dog breath. Not that my car smells like that or anything…*AHEM*
Anyways, since the holiday festivities are over and I’ve had a chance to breathe and look through the copious amounts of photos I took over the Christmas break, thought it was time to post about them.
On Thanksgiving we went to visit my mother, it was the usual spend 5-6 hours in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes. And it was glorious, I love spending time with my mom. There’s something special about being busy at a task that makes it easier to visit. Apparently, I was too busy cooking and visiting to take lots of photos. But I did grab a few before we sat down for our thankful feast.
Then came the Christmas season, the decorating, the shopping, the baking, the stopping to enjoy the season…it was all quite wonderful. This year, I tried to do Christmas on a small scale, no big Griswold family Christmas. Which means no big light display outside, no huge tree (which means no squirrel jumping out at anyone), no big spending on gifts. I made a conscience decision to enjoy this Christmas, not stress about all the details, but enjoy the pure joy that the season brings. And more importantly, focusing on why we celebrate Christmas.
That nativity has been in my family for nearly 30 years. It was the first nativity my mom bought, I remember playing with it all through my childhood. Giving all the shepherds funny voices, and making baby Jesus coo. Several years ago, she gave me this nativity to set up in my own home. Now, so many years later, I still play with the figures. I may not give them funny voices or anything, but the shepherds and the lambs get moved around a lot.
The tree was smaller this year, I opted for a 6 ft unlit tree and added my own lights. It fit much better in the corner of our little living room this year. And in keeping with simplifying the holiday, I didn’t even worry about ornament placement. I just sort of put them where ever I felt they needed to go. Does the tree look like a 4 year old helped, yeah maybe, but I got the tree up in record time. And I didn’t have a conniption fit about having too many similar ornaments too close together.
I’m not sure Goldie enjoyed sharing her corner with the tree though.
As in previous years, my Christmas tree is adorned with sentimental ornaments, I never have a themed tree.
This year, I finally got to put up a secondary tree in the sunroom, and I got to use all those glass balls I’ve bought over the years. It was nice enjoying another tree in my newly furnished and private sunroom. But there’s a whole other post in the works for that.
Before Christmas my car hit 100,000 miles. I am told this is a milestone, either it means that it’s a reliable vehicle that’s taken me where I need to go, or the resale value has dropped significantly. Let’s go with the first one.
Bubba celebrated a birthday. The dogs thought it was fun to beg as we enjoyed his birthday dinner.
And then finally, the big day arrived, Christmas day. We went back to my mothers house for the holiday. More cooking, more visiting, and presents.
And lots of dog, there’s always lots of dog when I go to my mom’s house. Five dogs in total, two of mine and three of hers. They get along pretty well. But it’s still lots of dog to deal with. Thankfully she has a big yard for all of them to tumble around in.
Everyone was all snug in their bed as we humans exchanged gifts…
Afterall, it was pretty late when we did finally open gifts. I made everyone wait while I watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Sorry, family, but it was an important one. Losing an old favorite Doctor and welcoming a newly regenerated one, it’s a big deal. Granted, not a big a deal as Christ’s birth or spending quality time with loved ones. But thanks for your patience.
Not all the dogs were snug in their beds, some were hiding under the curtains. I guess not everyone enjoys the Christmas season.
This year, I was a busy bee and crocheted 5 blankets, one for each of my brothers kids, one for my sister, and another for mom.
Mom got her blanket the Friday after Christmas when she came over to my house. Apparently, I just couldn’t swing getting them all done before Christmas. But I’d say they were all a big hit.
After Christmas and before New Year’s Bubba and I celebrated 3 years of marriage and 10 years together as a couple. We headed down to the place where we met and married. It was a lot of fun walking down memory lane.
New Year’s wasn’t that exciting, the dogs and I celebrated the coming of the new year with Oreo’s, sparkling grape juice, and old Christmas movies. Bubba came in from out of town just in time to ring in the new year. New Year’s day I made sure to make black eyed peas, ya know, for luck, gotta ensure a most excellent 2014. Then, it was back to work. All in all, a great holiday was had by all. I’m already looking forward to next year.
So, if it’s not too late…Happy Festivus everyone! Err…I mean..Happy New Year!!
*Note: For those of you non Seinfeld fans, apparently festivus started as a family traditions of one of the writers. You can read more about it on wiki here.