At our house, we have been listening to Christmas music for about 3 weeks straight now. We actually tuned our radio to CFCY in Charlottetown, PEI where the DJs are playing country christmas songs with some of the really old, all time favourites thrown in once in a while. I have to say I really get a kick out of the country hurtin’Christmas songs, while my hubby is a fan of the silly songs.
Speaking of hubbies, I have one who is a Christmas decorating, Ninja. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but my sweetie REALLY REALLY loves it…For example when we moved to PEI, we brought about 30 tubs of decorations with us including more than 40 plastic poinsettias and close to that many Christmas nutcrackers. And that’s just the bare beginning of the stuff that gets set out at our house in December. We have two fully decorated and lit trees already and about two weeks ago when we were putting them up, he suggested we should consider getting another tree so we could put one in the bedroom…not a word of a lie folks. I did manage to put a stop to that particular excess but I think I’m lucky and wouldn’t want to change a thing about him.
I am a bit of a grinch in some respects. I do not like the hustle, bustle, hassle, shopping, parking lot craziness and freaking out that usually culminates around mid-night on December 22…which coincides perfectly with the realization that our budget, and often our contingency budget has run out, but I love the other more homely stuff, like baking cookies with the grandkids, surprising hubby with a batch of homemade peanut brittle (not that its much of a surprise, its actually more like a tradition at our house) or searching out the Christmas quilts that don’t come out any other time of year.
I thought I would share some of the little Christmas Quilts ( and a couple of the nutcrackers) I’ve made over the years to decorate the door to my hubby’s office (because of course he had a whole selection of office decorations too). Now that he’s retired these little darlings don’t get out much anymore.
This year we are very excited for two reasons. First – our son Kevin is coming to PEI to visit us. He arrives early early in the morning on Boxing Day, so we are saving our Christmas Festivities until Boxing Day. We will of course have Christmas Dinner with my mom and sister on the big day, but the main party is reserved for Boxing Day afternoon. We are having friends and family over for Open House (including all the wonderful treats I’ve been baking and buying this month). We are both looking forward to spending time with close family members.
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We have gifted ourselves with a brand new puppy. So there will be a baby in the house again starting December 27, 2016. I promise I will post pictures of the new addition (its a boy) as soon as he arrives and settles in. The last few days we have been trying to choose a name to suit our new bundle of joy. Here is where we are at in that regard.
I love Dino, Fitz, Theo, Matteo and Mozes. All of these are perfect for a black standard poodle puppy. Hubby is a big fan of Dantes, Gunner, Tio, Marco and Sparky. Come back early in the new year to find out what we ended up deciding to call him. There is an off-chance he will be Noel, or Gabriel to celebrate the season.
So that’s it for me in 2016 (I think). Merry Christmas Everyone. Enjoy your time with your family and friends. Eat lots of turkey and stuffing, drink responsibly, be kind to everyone and pay it forward to someone needy if you can.