Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Blessings


I have some errands this morning to run and my grocery shopping for the holiday. I am hosting Christmas Day for my husband's family. I am thrilled to have my nephew arriving today and once he arrives will not be back on for sure until after the holiday.
Lots of cooking and picking up of the house. I want it all ready by the time we leave for our friend's annual Christmas Eve party. When we return home, I will ready the stockings and then when we wake the most wonderful time of all. They only thing is my oldest daughter has to work. Oh how I am sad. For her twenty years we have opened gifts together and this year she won't be in the circle. Ugh! I might cry. Christmas does this to me. Hubs and I decided we will surprise her and come into her place for breakfast. I know this is the first of many as she is studying to be a nurse and kids get married and then the circle grows but it is often missing a link or two.
Anywhoooo back to the food. What are you serving? I decided a few years ago that Christmas day has to be as easy as possible so I set my dining room table with a large cold buffet. A ham, cold cuts, potato salad and lots of snackies and finger picking kinds of food. Paper plates with snowmen of course. Everyone getting food when they are ready and me not in the kitchen cooking is bliss. I make it all on Christmas Eve morning and plop in the fridge for the next day. Not fancy but very practical.
So to wrap this novel of a post, I wish you all a happy and safe Christmas with your family and friends. From our home to yours... Merry Christmas!!

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19 comments:

Cindy said...

I'm so sorry about your daughter having to work. But it sounds like you have a good plan. I like your idea of having a buffet for Christmas day, that's what I am going to do too! Ham, biscuits, veggies, etc. We have always done a big dinner, but I wanted something different.
Have a good day!

Cindy said...

Hi Elaine,
Your daughter will be so surprised, you'll make her day! Yes things do change as our children grow up, but, as they say "It's all good".
We have a very traditional huge meal on Christmas, turkey, stuffing, yams, vege, salad, rolls, pumpkin pie. The whole nine yards. I have always done that and probably always will. It's not Christmas without it.
Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2012!
Love and hugs, Cindy

NanaDiana said...

It is bittersweet, isn't it, as our kids grow up and the family circle changes and moves a bit. Your daughter will love seeing you there though...it will be a special treat for her. Merry Christnas to you- xo Diana

Grace said...

Elaine, your house looks beautiful!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Merry Christmas Elaine! We are making pizza's Christmas eve in our pizza oven. Then on Christmas day I am serving home made sauce. I am starting the cooking today for that. My family looks forward to it, as I do not make it too often. Happy, Healthy New year to you too.

Molly said...

I love your porch!! I seriously think I could move into your home and not change a thing! We will have
brunch here Christmas morning then a huge family potluck that night at my sister in law's. I am a little behind due to everyone except grandbaby and myself not getting the stomach bug... loads, and loads of laundrY and cleaning...

Kris said...

Oh how I remember that first Christmas without my daughter! Ouch...it is awful! But at least you will get to see her. Have a wonderful Christmas Elaine. I know you will be making very special memories.
Hugs,
Kris

Lottie said...

Merry Christmas Elaine! Your porch looks beautiful! I think the idea of a cold buffet is wonderful...especially fixing everything Christmas Eve morning. Years ago I stopped the big Christmas dinner when I realized I was the only one in the kitchen. I will try your idea for next year!

Hope your holiday is wonderful!

Sweet .n. Simple said...

Merry Christmas, Elaine ♥ Enjoy the time with your family:)

Daisy said...

It always stinks when you're missing family! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

Terry said...

I just found your blog recently, and I enjoy it so much! Terry in Texas

Comeca Jones said...

What a sweet and cozy porch all aglow! Enjoy the time with your daughter.

Bonnie said...

I think your Christmas food sounds delightful! We actually have a Christmas Eve dinner for family and friends who find themselves alone. Christmas Day is pajamas and brunch. Have yourself a very merry Christmas. Hugs! Bonnie

NanaNor's said...

Hi Elaine, Christmas greetings to you. I used to follow you and somehow lost the link but I'm back now and looking forward to getting caught up! I love hearing what your planning; wishing you a weekend filled with love, joy and laughter.
Merry Christmas.
Noreen

Cozy Little House said...

You all have a Merry Christmas! So glad to have you for a bloggy friend!
Brenda

Debbie Kay said...

Merry Christmas Elaine, I am sorry your daughter has to work.....I can relate to how you feel. We don't have my step-son with us for Christmas as he wants to visit his mom, my daughter will be with us for the morning then off to her dads. I will enjoy every minute of my son and of course my adoring husband.

Lots of love,

Debbie

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

Katherines Corner said...

Merry Christmas my friend.I hope your holiday is as sweet as you are xo

Mimi Sue said...

We have the same problem getting everyone together sometimes is a big job! Great idea for Christmas day food. We do that on Christmas Eve. Appetizers and lots of Christmas goodies. (my jeans are soooo tight) Hope your Christmas was delightful! Mimi

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