It's December first.
I had such a jump on things this year, or at least I thought I had a jump on things, but as The Season is officially upon us, maybe not so much.
Our Christmas will be early this year. Really early. My oldest will be home on leave from the Coast Guard next week, so our Christmas dinner and gift opening will be December 7th, and our big friends and extended family Christmas Eve dinner will be on the 10th and all that, my friends, is right around the corner.
Dates don't matter much though, as long as the house is full of my people. I haven't seen my first born in over a year, and that's Just Wrong.
Dear Junior #1,
I can't wait to see you next week!
The decorating is about ninety percent done, the Christmas shopping is about sixty percent done, and the grocery shopping is about zero percent done. I've started the list and so far it covers the page front and back, double columned, single spaced. Food will be a focal point next week....we'll have prime rib, enchiladas, manicotti, soups, breads, salads and pies and cakes and cookies and on and on.
Cream cheese, butter and sour cream will reign supreme.
Sugar highs will rule the roost.
Carbohydrate comas will abound.
This is the best.
Better than a tropical vacation.
Better than winning the lottery.
My whole family together.
Friends old and new.
A cozy house.
Snow in the forecast.
A kitchen that smells of casseroles and cookies.
Lots and lots of chaos.
Sounds perfect to me.