I have a little (yet mighty) family so we take every opportunity to expand our circle and spend time with friends, especially at this time of year. This year we were invited to my long-time friend, Lorna's, for Christmas dinner. Since we had already ordered our Christmas capon (Skip likes turkey but doesn't like turkey leftovers so prefers having a capon instead), we decided to make our own celebration with it and all the fixings and used the Winter Solstice as the excuse. It was delicious.
The next evening, we were invited to my BFF (Best Fibre Friend), Marion's, for dinner and enjoyed yet another yummy meal in tasteful surroundings.Marion has a real flair for style and design and changes her décor from season to season.
Then on Christmas Eve, we enjoyed more camaraderie with our friends, Norm and Lena, who are Skip's former neighbours.
|Lena and Norm|
Lena's traditional Swedish dinner once again exceeded all our expectations.
Then we opened our presents.
I like to reminisce about Christmases past. That snowman stocking at the left above dates from 1961. I remember that special Christmas because my dad had remarried that month and my new mom, who later legally adopted me after his death 6 years later, decided we needed some Christmas traditions.
This was our 'girl' photo that year. My older sister, Valerie, made the best of the situation. She wasn't 100% thrilled to have a step-mother, especially so soon after our mother's death.
|Geri (age 7), Mabel and Valerie (age 16)|
|Geri on her new rocker with Santa and Dad demonstrates his new seltzer maker|
Another new tradition was to string wires up around the living room and hang Christmas cards from them (we weren't a family of tall people).
|Dad and Mabel|
After opening our presents this year, we planned what we were going to buy with our gift cards and played with our new stuff.
Then we were off to Lorna's for her scrumptious turkey dinner with cranberries and dressing, squash, broccoli, potatoes, raspberry ripple dessert and a variety of cookies and sweets.
|Geri, Skip, Lorna, Megan and Scooter|
|Lorna and Geri|