Nope, not dreaming of a White Christmas, but it came anyway! It's so unusual to have snow here in western Washington on Christmas day, but it did snow for about 3 hours, prompting all of our dinner guests to arrive early. Fortunately, that wasn't a hardship and everyone had a good time. Dinner turned out great after a minor mishap involving my finicky oven. The roast had been in an hour and I discovered it wasn't cooking. A trip to the garage to pull out a dusty Nesco roaster, and all was well.
Here's a picture of my dining room table prior to our meal. A little too small for 8 people, but then again, this is the first time we've needed to seat 8. The other 7 little bodies sat in the kitchen at the "kid's table."
And a new addition to our decorating scheme this year - I decided I wanted to add a reindeer to the mix, something I don't have. But I wanted an elegant reindeer, and wasn't able to find one locally. I thought Fitz & Floyd would have something nice, and not only did I find what I had in mind, but the sale price was unbelieveable. The huge box arrived on Christmas Eve. I've had many experiences of ordering online and being disappointed with what actually arrived, but this was not one of those experiences. The 2 reindeer were more magnificent than I imagined, even better in person, but here is a photo. I wanted them to grace my table, but they were actually too big, so they are up on the pie safe for now. Beautiful.
I hope everyone had a nice holiday! I'm glad that life is getting back to normal. I really love Christmas, but I'm glad it comes only once a year!