It's already the morning of Christmas Eve.
Perhaps you, like me, have a busy day planned.
We have company, including family, friends and neighbors,
stopping by tonight to share some Christmas 'cheer' and
to exchange packages wrapped in ribbons, whilst the fire
crackles on the hearth and seasonal music plays quietly
in the background.
Later we'll take a drive around the neighborhood to view the
annual luminarias that line many of the streets. They are placed and
lighted after dark and as tonight will be perfect weather, no wind or rain
expected, should look lovely and add to the feeling of the special
Christmas Day we will share tomorrow.
- A bright, sunny Christmas Eve morning -
Yesterday I had what I think is a brilliant idea (I don't have too many of those
these days!). As my pretty pink and white amaryllis didn't bloom long enough
to enjoy over Christmas, I cut off the stem, left the still healthy looking leaves,
and added these red silk blooms that I already had in a vase!
They add a nice splash of color to the dining room.
Also yesterday, while in a baking frenzy, I took time to trot about the garden
to clip some pyracantha (firethorn) berries and green and variegated ivy for the mantel.
Other than lighting my red candles in lanterns on the front steps this evening, this
completed my decorating for this Christmas season.