It's a little harder this year to get in the holiday spirit. This is my first post since the fall. Losing my beloved sister in law in September has left a huge void in our lives. Life, as they say, goes on though, family and friends are sharing the same struggle in together we will carry on, counting our blessings and grateful for each other.
Family traditions help, the continuity and familiarity are comforting.
Thanksgiving was quiet, just us and Pauline and Lee. We kept it light with the annual watching of Christmas Vacation and Elf. Wonderful food and a walk on the beach.
Tree day is always festive around here. We have gone to Mahoney's every year since we moved to Falmouth and enjoy the whole ambiance greatly. They have a stable of "Christmas animals" we always enjoy seeing. I do dearly love the Christmas Llama. This year we even had a heckler! One of the guys waiting around to help you with your tree said he'd seen mortgages go through faster than our family picks a tree. Funny guy.
The following weekend was our traditional cookie day. This was the first year Michael had ever not had to work and joined us. It was a fantastic time even if we were not as creative as we've been in former years.
I particularly enjoy spending this day each year with my niece and nephew, they are pretty awesome people.
Friends and family come in and out taking a turn, visiting and Mom puts out a fantastic sandwich lunch.