Fa La La, La la, la la laaaa….Yes, the Christmas season is in full swing, with Christmas day now only 2 weeks away! I am completely into it this year, and loving every minute! I got my tree up early, and have been decorating a little more every day.
This afternoon I added a pretty silver wire, spiral Christmas card tree, to which I added a string of pretty colored lights! I have that in the middle of the dining room table now, and it’s already got a few sweet cards on it! I love getting Christmas cards almost as much as I love making them out and sending them — which will be part of tonight’s activity!
Today Nola and Lulu received a “Bark Box” in the mail. I found it on the front porch in front of the door when I got home from grocery shopping and getting my haircut.
I always feel terrific after a good haircut! It wasn’t out of control, but it needed to be tightened up some, and edged out nicely. I had it done today at Supercuts, by a woman named Cathy. She did a pretty good job and was very pleasant while doing it. It wasn’t my favorite barbershop today, but it was fine and I’m pleased. I really didn’t have time to drive all the way up to the Boston Barber’s barbershop that I usually use, plus it was starting to snow, so I went to the back-up – Supercuts! They’re priced reasonably, and they also do waxing so I am able to get my eyebrows done at the same time. That is one service that the barbershop doesn’t offer, that they should! It’s the only way to keep decent looking eyebrows!
I also picked up a couple of new button down shirts and two new ties today. I have a couple of Christmas parties coming up and want to look half-way decent for them. I’ll be going stag of course. Although, you can’t say I didn’t try, I did ask a woman to accompany me to one of the parties, but it doesn’t look like that will pan out. She lives a bit of a drive away from me (about 3.5 hr drive), and she’s nervous about coming up. While I would have really loved to have her company for the party, and perhaps the weekend, I get that it’s a long drive to be around people she doesn’t yet know.
That particular party is at my youngest brother’s house. It’s generally family and friends of the family, as well as personal friends of him and his wife. It’s a pretty big party, and we have a massive, rousing game of Yankee Swap! I always enjoy the party because it’s a lot of great food, really cool people, and a very festive atmosphere. Sets the holiday in the right light for me. I generally will go and stay for about 2 hours, then go and drive around a couple of the local towns to see the Christmas lights, culminating with a ride by the Nubble Light House in York Beach…which is just stunning, as you can see by the photo below.
Next Saturday is the Wreath’s Across America event here in York. We are laying 1100 wreaths on veteran’s graves at the cemetery in York Maine at 11:30. I am volunteering, as are many other locals, especially veterans. It will be an honor for me to participate this year. I am looking forward to it. Below is a photo of one of this year’s trucks hauling wreaths through here to other cities south of us….they all originate way, way up in the top of Maine and distribute the wreaths to cemeteries across the country. It’s a huge undertaking and a wonderful Christmas memorial for our veterans.
(Photo: Beth Delano, Kittery, ME 12/9/17)
Today, other than getting my haircut, I got my grocery shopping done and gassed up the truck…storm coming, those are things we do before a snowstorm here in New England! It began to snow around 1pm, just before I got back home with everything. Tonight, after I get this blog posted, I am going to begin wrapping gifts to put under my tree. I get small presents for my nieces and nephew, and for my parents and siblings. I have a really large family, so it’s quite a stretch. I have managed to get imaginative, and I think I have everyone covered. I’m surprised I have it most all done and it’s only Dec. 9th!
After wrapping I am going to sit down at the kitchen table and make out my Christmas cards for 2017. I love doing cards, and try to get them out before the 15th. I’m right on schedule, and barring any unforeseen interruptions I should get them done tonight and into the mail on Monday. I really love Christmas cards and hope they do not ever become completely obsolete. It’s fun to get them; and its fun to send them! If you would like a card from me send me your name and address via email and I will get you on my list! Deal is you have to send me one in return! 🙂
OH, and I have put myself on restriction from posting anything about politics for the next 30 days…on Facebook at least. That may not carry over to here, but I am going to try my best to stay away from political upheaval for a bit. It’s really stressed me out and what’s happening just makes my blood boil. I need a break from it – hell, we ALL do. So, I have to do this. I think it will be a good thing for me! Too much stress during the holidays makes it less fun, and this is one stressor I can control for now.
Off to wrap and do cards…you all take care and drop me a comment…what’s your favorite parts of Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or whatever winter holiday you celebrate?