Wow, it is just a few days to Christmas, where has this year gone? December comes in with such anticipation, and then I run out of time. Thankfully, the decorating is much simpler now, with carloads going to the thrift store and not having every horizontal surface in the house covered in Christmas. I finished all my shopping last week with a frantic day of figuring out a different gift for My Sweet Babboo when the one I ordered looked like it wasn’t ever going to come. The company won’t answer emails, or respond to contact forms, and their phone system just says the mailbox is full and hangs up. So, I gave up and went another route. Luckily I did find what I wanted, so that is done. Packages are tucked under the tree with Christmas lights glowing in the evenings. Santa already left a few things for me, too.
If you need some quick and fun wrapping ideas, see my post on Making Packages Bright.
I have my prime rib in the freezer and will get it out today to slowly defrost in the refrigerator. Then on Christmas day, I’ll slowly roast it at 300º for 20 minutes per pound. Yum, can’t wait!!
Christmas dinner calls for the good china. Although I am not doing a tablescape this year, you might enjoy this one from a previous Christmas. This is Lenox Holiday Tartan china with the dinner plates on green chargers, topped with the rimmed soup bowls. On the side are the fruit bowls on top of bread plates, with a coffee cup on the right. The good silverware and individual salt and pepper shakers complete the settings. The centerpiece is a gold sleigh filled with greenery and gold ornament balls. The little church is part of a set of tiny birdhouse ornaments.
I did manage to get a batch of Egg Nog cookies baked and decorated for our pickleball group. Those guys love treats and there are more men there than women. I bake these in bell shapes, and sprinkle with gold sparkle sugar crystals for decoration. I took all these to the athletic center yesterday, and they ate them up. Only two were left to come back home. I did save a few out for My Sweet Babboo, so he has his share.
I still don’t have this Safelight quilt done. There just has been precious little time to sew. Progress has been made, though, and the bottom is in sight now. I hope to finish it off this week, or maybe next week.
But the good news is that a friend came over with some donated batting and we went through the bins to see if there were any pieces big enough for Safelight or Quilts of Valor. The ones that were not but were still big enough for children’s quilts we took to the Project Linus group. I added some of my own smaller batting pieces to that donation to free up a bit more space. I also took the little quilt I made with the nine-inch blocks as I haven’t donated to Project Linus in a while. We dropped off the rest of the little scraps to a cotton recycler.
I’m working my way through my Christmas movies in a hurry this week, as I haven’t watched much this year so far. I watched The Christmas Card on Sunday morning, and fit in Recipe for a Perfect Christmas and Borrowed Hearts while baking and cleaning. But I still have some holiday favorites left to see. We love A Christmas Carol with George C Scott, and have to see White Christmas on Christmas eve. There is so much football on this week, it is hard to get in a movie as there are Monday and Tuesday games postponed from the weekend. I am looking forward to the Fox documentary on John Madden that will be shown on Christmas day. So I will have to find time to fit in the rest, like The Holiday and Love Actually, two more recent favorites. Perhaps some will be on the schedule for Christmas day.
What is on your last minute list this week?