Sunday, December 29, 2019

Life: It Goes On - December 28

Happy last Sunday of the year and the decade! I can't believe Christmas is over. How can we plan and shop and decorate and cook for so long and it's all over so quickly? We had an unusual Christmas highlighted by having all Mini-me and Ms S home for the first time in four years. I've been looking forward to having all of my kids together for Christmas for so long that I'm a little bit of trouble letting go of it. I haven't taken down a single decoration, although that will probably change today. How about you - are you someone who takes it all down the day after Christmas? Or do you wait until the first of the year or Epiphany?

We had a kitty guest join us for Christmas!

Last Week I:

Listened To: Christmas carols, of course! I also listened to Jacqueline Woodson's latest book, Red at the Bone.

Watched: It's A Wonderful Life (again!), Elf (again!), and White Christmas. And, of course, college football, including the playoff games.

Read: Not a whole lot this week. I did finish The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek.

Made: Oh lordy, was I busy in the kitchen last week! I made taco soup to take to my parents; sugar cookies for the kids to frost at home; banana bread, Starbucks coffeecake, and green chili egg casserole for Christmas brunch; and turkey, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole with fresh green beans, citrus cranberries, and pavlova for Christmas dinner. It's been almost nothing but leftovers since then!

Enjoyed: See above. I was enjoying my kids so much I didn't even get my phone out to take pictures.

This Week I’m: 

Planning: On taking down the stuff that strictly Christmas decor. I'll leave up my undecorated trees and anything else that will work for winter decor. I had planned to leave up the "fresh" greenery but it's getting so dry that I'll probably have to pull it down as well. 

Thinking About: It's the first of the year and you probably know me well enough by now to know that means I'm thinking about clearing out more clutter. It starts with Christmas decor. As I'm putting stuff away, I'll be going through the stuff I didn't use this year and will probably get rid of a lot of it.

Feeling: Tired but happy.

Looking forward to: Some friends and I are planning a progressive dinner for Friday. And, I'm sure we'll do something on New Year's Eve, although I'm not sure what that will be yet.

Question of the week: What is your favorite memory of this holiday season?


  1. Wishing you a happy new year Lisa, full of good things. It sounds as if you had a wonderful Christmas and so special to have your loved ones with you. We had a lovely day ourselves. The best was seeing our daughters relaxing during the holiday break. Today we have a get together again with son and family - ten of us at ours around the festive table. Love, Linda

  2. I almost always keep Christmas through New Year's Day. It looks so lovely that I hate to disassemble. What a joy for you to have everyone with you this holiday.

    I'm an ardent de-clutterer, too. Good idea to go through Christmas stuff now and donate all I don't use. I'm planning to take all the candies and sweets I got for Christmas to a local food box later today.

    We'd love to have you join us in the Sunday Salon any time you care to do so. I post a link up each Saturday and run it through Monday. It's a nice way to see what other readers are up to.