Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, I picked some fresh flowers from the garden:

Flowers from the Garden

Wrapped some gifts:

Adult Coloring Calendars and Pencils

This year, I put all the gifts on the mantel in the living room, not under the Christmas tree, to keep them safe from Dancer, who likes to play with the ribbons and bows.

Gifts on the Mantel

Baked some gingerbread cookies with my daughter's help:

Christmas Cookies

Mine were all just Christmas tree shaped ones, using a cookie cutter.  Daughter got more creative with her cookies, cutting out the gingerbread boy and girl and the snowman free-hand.

Daughter's Gingerbread People

I sampled one cookie and daughter sampled a couple of them.  :)  The rest will be given as gifts.  I was going to make snickerdoodles, too, but got too tired after making the gingerbread cookies, so didn't make them.  Maybe tomorrow morning?

Daughter played the piano and we sang Christmas carols.  Later, my aunt called and we had a nice chat.  My neighbor called, too, in the morning, and I condoled with her.  

Today, I am grateful for:
- Fresh flowers from the garden
- Gifts to wrap and give
- Baking cookies with daughter
- Singing carols with daughter
- Being able to watch Midnight Mass.

Wish you all the blessings of the season. 


  1. That's a Christmas Eve out of Norman Rockwell painting. I'm glad you got to share it with your daughter. We stopped putting ribbons on gifts years ago because of the cats.

    1. Merry Christmas, Live and Learn. Yes, it was a pleasant Christmas Eve, wasn't it? Hope you and your family are having a wonderful day of celebration, today.

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New years to you and your daughter.. The cookies look yummy..
    [We had our Christmas on the 23 rd.. So today the 25th we are just being lazy enjoying the]

    1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Judy, and your family. Glad you were able to have the family together for Christmas, even if it was a couple of days early. I'm sure a quiet Christmas is welcome after all the busyness of the past few days. Wish you a Happy New Year, too.

  3. The flowers look wonderful! It's great that you can get them from the garden at this time of year. Love the gifts - perfect! I did manage to make snickerdoodles, just because they are middle son's favourites and I have to admit to loving the name.

    Hope you enjoyed the day!

    1. I was happy to see the roses blooming. They will be pruned in January, and some will be transplanted from the front garden (where they are not doing as well as I had hoped) to the back (where I hope they will do better).

  4. You have some lovely flowers. How do you keep them safe from Dancer? I never found a way of keeping anything safe from cats. The cookies look amazing x

    1. Thank you, Lyssa. I have to put the flowers up somewhere high! I keep them on the table to take a picture and he jumps right up on to the table to inspect them! If I display them on the mantel, and move the sofa away a bit, then he can't jump on to the mantel (he climbs on the sofa arm to reach the mantel). But this particular vase of flowers were for the living room altar, and placed on top of the bookcase - definitely out of his reach!


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