Except for a little tidying up here and there, the Christmas preparation is over. I started early, having gotten the tree set up and decorated by November 15th–yep, we were the first ones in our neighborhood to start Christmas decorating, lol! It seems most were in the same mindset I was–did very little Halloween decorating because of the heat, so went all out on the Christmas decorations to make up for it. I’m glad we had a cold snap in there to help the decorating mood along, because right now it’s anything but–highs in the mid to upper 70s, lows in the low 60s. I ran around all day in shorts and a tank top. Christmas Day is forecasting 75 degrees. 😦 This Sunday, however, there’s a front coming in with Sunday night’s low forecast at 34…finally.
All in all, we got a lot done. Approximately 2100 Christmas lights outside, a mixture of regular mini lights as well as mini LED lights. 450 mini lights on the Christmas tree, as well as all of our keepsake decorations. Stockings are all sorted and filled. Baked 19 dozen cookies, many of which were packaged up for gifts for friends and family. That didn’t include the 10 dozen cookies, 4 bags of saltine toffee and one loaf of cranberry raisin bread I made for the holiday bake sale to benefit the choir program at the school. All the presents are wrapped and tucked away. I picked up an 11 pound country ham, and I’ll throw together a hashbrown casserole, broccoli rice casserole, sweet potato casserole as well as a green bean casserole and a pecan pie. I’ll also be serving the snowball martinis again that were such a hit last year. Others will be bringing crescent rolls, fruit salad, a corn dish, and other various desserts as well as drinks. The weather might suck, but we’ll be surrounded by friends and family, with plenty of good food to go around.
We’re still kicking around the idea of moving when hubby retires in about four to five years. We’re researching several areas in Tennessee, but are looking at other states, too, as long as they offer four seasons as well as a reasonable cost of living/housing prices. And rain. I’m tired of dealing with drought every year, not to mention having my plants literally baked to death during the summer. We’re looking for a happy medium, not too dry, not too wet, not too hot, not too cold. Since we have at least four years to look, hopefully we’ll be able to find something, somewhere. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year! Enjoy those moments with friends and family–they’re what make the happy memories. 🙂