Edit 5:00 (Thought you might like to know who is in the pictures. Left is Sharen, our travel agent, seated is Ken, our neighbor from across the street, Jerry with his back turned, and seated on the fireplace hearth is Lu, a neighbor from down the street.)
One of the highlights of the Christmas season is when Jerry and I open our home for a few hours of celebration with our neighbors and other friends. Last night was this year’s party, a little smaller than in other years, but wonderful just the same. I attribute the smaller group to other churches having functions at the same time, friends who had out-of-state guests, neighbors who were out of town and others who had to work, and people just not being able to be two places at once. (I certainly will not let myself believe they didn’t want to come to our fine party. 🙂 )
Avocado crab crostini
Cheese tray and assorted crackers
Relish tray olives, cheese stuffed red peppers
Chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle, assorted nuts
Pumpkin tarts with cranberry/caramel sauce
Coconut cream pie
Pecan cookies–Chock full oatmeal cookies
Edit 5:00 Left to right around the table. Pearl Lormand, Dearrah’s (one of our daughters-in-law) mother, Barry and Sam, our next door neighbors, Day Lormand (married to Pearl) and Karen Pound, the Lordmand’s youngest daughter.
The last guest left around 11:00, and although I had refused clean-up help from all who offered, finally Holly and Patrick insisted, so they did much of that job…and I did appreciate it.
When they first arrived, Holly handed me a present and said, “Open it now.” Not needing to be pressured into doing so, I cut off the ribbon and removed the paper. Revealed now was BALDERDASH, the game I love but didn’t have of my own. It was probably around 10:00 or so when Holly said, “Let’s play…and we did…and it was hilarious.”
How do I feel today? Exhilarated, full of the Christmas spirit…and, I hate to admit it, but tired, very tired. ( I cooked all the food, except for assembling the quiche and putting together the Scotch eggs. Rebecca came up and helped me for a few hours in the early afternoon. It would have been hard without her.) Not to worry, in a few hours, I will be fully restored.
Remember on this Christmas season Sabbath to love and honor our Saviour who is the reason we have such times of joy and celebration as these.