It seems the older I get, the faster Christmas flies past me. I could have really used a few more weeks to get things completed this year, but I don't know if my poor, tired hands and brain could have withstood much more! We finally got the tree into the house and decorated one week before Christmas, which is highly unusual for me. I'm typically the one with the tree up & decorated the day after Thanksgiving...it just wasn't happening this year. I've made a vow to not do this to myself or my family again next year though. I have new plans for the shop for the coming year, including more ready-to-ship items. Hopefully this will cut down on some of the stress.
On a lighter note, we had a great time visiting with family and eating tons (and I do mean TONS) of wonderful food. My mom is a firm believer that everyone should have whatever it is their heart desires for holiday and birthday dinners. I'll post a couple of photos of some favorites from this year. We always have bbq for Christmas Eve at Mom's and Christmas morning breakfast there as well. Then it's off to Andy's parents for steaks at lunch (no traditional turkey here!)
We had a blast watching Marli Claire opening her gifts, and even at this young age she seemed to really enjoy it. I can only imagine how much fun we'll be having this time next year!