What a few months it has been. I never intended on taking a break from blogging. But alas life happened and happened in abundance we shall say. First off shortly after my last blog post in November, my little girl caught an awful stomach bug and needed to be hospitalized for a few days. Thank God she was okay and healed up quickly. We had a lovely Thanksgiving and then in the beginning of December my in-laws came to visit. They will be here through the second week of January.
During this time we went antiquing, shopping, made Christmas cookies, decorated gingerbread houses and watched so many Christmas movies.
The kids helped me decorate indoors and outdoors. We made a Nativity out of aspen branches and cedar garland. What a beautiful December it was turning out to be.
Perhaps then it was most unexpected when we all came down with Covid (we were vaccinated)! Still though, I am one to see the glass half full always. While we were sick for good few days, I am glad that we were well enough for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day even though we are still quarantined. The hardest part was that I was the first to feel sick and the first to feel better so there were a few days where I was the only adult cooking, cleaning and caring for the 8 of us! Nonetheless, we are thankful that by all standards we had mild cases-even the grandparents.
We felt blessed to still be able to enjoy Christmas Eve and Day as well as all the wonderful food we planned. The kids room had been decorated and they excitedly went to bed Christmas Eve. We were still able to read the Church readings and really enjoy the Infant Lord’s coming even if we were celebrating differently than we had thought.
We still set the table with my new Christmas dishes. Of course I love these dishes so much I have been using them since November! I also plan to use them well after because like red and white quilts-red and white dishes are classic.
My mother in law made the most amazing Prime Rib Roast and it was the feast I had envisioned. Simply delicious.
Christmas Day ended with this meal, cherry pie and happy hearts. We are Catholic and for us this is just the START of the Christmas season! It goes until the Sunday after Epiphany which is the Baptism of the Lord. In between there are many feasts starting today with December 26th the feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity of Mary on January 1st, the Epiphany of January 6th and finally the Baptism of the Lord.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas season and hoping you stay healthy and get some quilting time!