Preparations are in full swing here finally. The man about the place and I slipped out Saturday to do our shopping, leaving the boys behind for the first time on their own. We left them with a list of yard chores which they got done before the rains began, and returned to them cozy in front of the fire finishing a movie. So a good day was had by all.
Sunday was baking day. The middle son and I had planned a huge list of goodies we wanted to try… but the man about the place had been itching for some time to rearrange our space. I know that moving furniture is usually the provenance of the wife.. and in this marriage, it always has been. But at holiday time, when all the relatives are here, our TV space in front of the fire means very little warm sitting room, or if we want to watch a movie all together, not much comfortable seating. So we did a simple switch.
Simple that is, if it had not involved moving heavy furniture and a ton of books. So Sunday the younger boys vaccuumed and hauled books.. the older son helped dad move heavy things, and I directed and helped and handled the delicates and dusted and vacuumed and got everything restored to order.
Now we have a cozy book nook by the fire… and a bigger area for guests and a TV corner.
And we managed all of that along with the baking, thanks to my middle son’s efforts. He made several kinds of cookies yesterday, and I finished off the evening with the family favorite white fruitcake… so unlike the fruitcake that everyone regifts. This is truly yummy!
But there is much left to do… I have some knitting projects to finish, some more baking, main meal prep, cards to write, some housecleaning and laundry. And as of now, I have a sore throat and the man about the place has a back ache… But we feel happy and content and we are enjoying this holiday.
So, Merry Christmas from my family to yours.. I hope you have a safe and happy and warm holiday, however you celebrate, surrounded by those you love best….. from rural NC to you…
See you in 2009!