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Wednesday, December 07, 2016


The things I love best about this time of year are simple traditions that fill me with joy and put smiles on the faces of the people I love. Unpacking my snowman collection or wearing a pair (or two) of festive earrings is sure to kindle my Christmas spirit. My son J (that's him in the Santa hat) loves taking part in a local Santa Claus parade. He's been riding, walking and now rolling for over ten years.

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is a tradition J and I share. This year our "perfect" turned out to be decidedly quirky ... but it makes us smile and we love it.

We had a few minutes of concern when Sam the Cat first noticed that shiny red ball, but after studying it thoroughly, he seems to have decided it's not worth his time. Unless there's turkey and giblet gravy involved, Sam is not exactly full of the joy of the season. Or maybe he just doesn't appreciate hats...

(If you're a fan of the wonderful Clement Clark Moore Christmas poem, click through to read last year's epic tribute, The Sam Before Christmas.)

This week I'm looking forward to the second year of a new tradition - candlelit Christmas tea at a lovely local tea room with my daughter-in-law, my best friend, and her daughter. Next week, brings a reunion lunch with some old friends and a ramble through the Christmas displays in the conservatory at Centennial Park. 

And then comes the big day! Our traditional family-all-together celebration happens Christmas morning over brunch. This year everyone will be coming to my place and I'm so excited I'm practically bouncing. The menu is planned and just as soon as I stop tweaking it, adding "just one more thing", I'll go shopping for ingredients and get started on my baking. Meanwhile, I'm savoring every minute of anticipation and making memories along the way.

Whatever your traditions, whatever you celebrate at this time of year, I wish peace and happiness for you and yours. See you in January with a record-breaking books of the year post!

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At 6:00 pm, Blogger Sheila Seabrook said...

Ooooh, I love your Christmas tree. And the poinsettia tree is simply gorgeous.

Besides the holiday cheer, which seems to change from year to year, one thing we always do a few days before Christmas is sit down to watch Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation. It never gets old!

Happy holidays, Cheryl. Looking forward to your massive book list!

At 2:48 pm, Anonymous Susan McNicoll said...

Traditions are such a major part of Christmas Cheryl and thanks for sharing some of yours. I love your little tree and glad to see Sam is so happy to supply is particular brand of Christmas happiness! Merry Christmas to you both.

At 5:20 pm, Blogger Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Cheryl, Beautiful trees and traditions! Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays.


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