Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Week Between Christmas and New Year's





Hi there! How was your holiday? I hope it was peaceful and happy. Ours was lovely this year. We stayed close to home, spending Christmas eve day with family. Lunch consisted of two types of chili as well as vegetarian, gluten-free posole, various toppings, corn bread and a delightful lemon mousse that our niece made for dessert. I brought chocolate-peppermint thumbprint cookies.

We arrived home around 6:30 in the evening, took maps and went to church at 10:45 for midnight Mass, which started at 11:15 with carols and meditations. I love midnight Mass! The church looks even prettier than usual with its lit trees, wreaths and mounds of red and white poinsettias. There is incense and beautiful music rich with instruments such as guitar, violin, trombone and trumpet in addition to piano and organ. Our choir of talented singers included some who are classically trained and performed amazing solos. The church was packed, many of whom unfortunately come to church only at Christmas and Easter. It is always my hope that the service will touch their hearts and they'll feel moved to attend Mass more regularly. We have a wonderful priest who has a great sense of humor and delivers wonderful homilies.

Now here we are in the week between Christmas and New Year's. Our tree, which we lit with 300 colored lights, but left unadorned this year (a first) will stay up until after New Year's day. As seen in the photos above, a beautiful amaryllis bloomed prior to Christmas. The dining table decorations (real and faux pine cones) will remain through winter. The Nativity is displayed on an end table in the living room and will be put away when the tree goes -- though I could keep it out year-round, I love it so much.

I have next week off from work, which I am really looking forward to. I plan to finish a book I'm reading (All the Light We Cannot See), do some baking and cooking, get back into knitting and create some new blog posts. I also have to take care of some necessities, such as renewing my driver's license, which expires on my birthday in January. We also have plans to attend a New Year's Eve party at our neighbor's house. It'll be an early evening gathering, which suits us just fine!

When I share my next baking post, I'll fill you in on some interesting news about my relationship with wheat. I'm pretty excited about it. Meanwhile, I wish you a safe and happy new year!

8 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Claudia and Happy New Year! You have a thoughtful and wonderful life and we all enjoy your sharing of it. My amaryllis are pokey, will see them in January. I love Midnight Service at church too, it is magical and nostalgic.

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    1. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you, Cindy! Thank you for your sweet comment. I hope your amaryllis blooms soon. What color is it? I wish you'd come back to blogging. I miss your updates!
      Claudia

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  2. Your nativity set is the best I've seen…really nice. Was it made locally? Well, we were to go to a 4PM carol service but never quite made it for many reasons. All dressed and then we had to change plans. But still, it was a lovely evening and a peaceful Christmas. We are all so fortunate, aren't we? Enjoy your week off (I'm sure you will!) Maybe the weather will cool down and be seasonable! Happy New Year Claudia.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Libby. The nativity set is by Willow Tree (www.willowtree.com). I just love the simplicity of it, which gives it a more modern look. Yes, I hope we have a cool down soon, though I'm going to love the next gas bill. We haven't had our heat running in quite some time! Enjoy your New Year ... do you have plans?
      Claudia

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  3. Hi Claudia, I hope you enjoy All the Light You Cannot See. I read it last year and really enjoyed it. Your Christmas sounded wonderful. I plan to enjoy my decor a little longer as well. I take things down gradually. Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Cindy! I am enjoying the book quite a bit. It took a long while for me to get into it. I almost gave up. Glad I didn't. I'll be finishing it in the next day or two (great reading weather with all this rain we're having). Then on to the next book. Any recommendations?
      Claudia

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  4. So beautiful and peaceful - your decorations! I also love Midnight Mass although now I go to the 4pm Children's Mass with my three grandkids, daughter and SIL. So worth it to be with them - the kids will grow fast and I can then take them to Midnight Mass. I plan on checking out the book you are reading - sounds interesting. Love your bungalow. I have one built in 1917 - Jacksonville Florida in the historic district. Love following yours! Happy New Year - Susan

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    1. Hello Susan! So lovely to hear from you. Thank you for taking time to leave a comment. It means so much to me. I completely understand your desire to attend the children's Mass with your grandchildren. How special and what wonderful memories! I'd love to see your 1917 bungalow. Yours is about 5 years older than ours. Sometimes I can't believe we live in a house that is almost 94 years old. I just love old things and the history they have! Happy New Year to you, Susan.
      Claudia

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