Merry Christmas Week! Can you believe it!
With very few exceptions, I’m done with my shopping, and I’ll finish up on Tuesday when I take Bear into Albany for his Christmas grooming. I’ve spent the majority of this Sunday afternoon wrapping presents, and I’m almost done with that too. I have never been this late getting packages under the tree, but finally the house is set for the holidays (it never looks “finished” until the the Christmas tree branches are resting on ribbons and holiday paper). Even though we went with a small tree this year, it’s looking pretty festive around here!
A couple of our Christmas Village houses. Ted began giving me these our first Christmas together and added one each year until we ran out of room to keep adding them. I love each one!
So much news to tell you – but I think I’m going to wait till Friday to give you all the details. Hint: Two trips planned between now and the middle of January – one someplace very sunny, and one someplace very snowy (and no, it’s not Mackinac).
Just a few pics today from around the house and around the lake. Last night was the Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. There were only about five boats, and once again – even with Ted and I both trying our best – we really didn’t get any good shots (our cameras just aren’t made for night shots). Steve Fridley – we really needed you here last night with your magic camera!
It was a little chilly last night (I actually wore a fleece jacket), but the Cypress Grill, usually closed during the winter, was open just for the Boat Parade. Yep - people sat outside, and there was entertainment planned a little later - after Santa's arrival.
The Grill looked really pretty from the marina docks.
The Lady Liberty, our lake dinner boat, was all dressed up for the occasion. She led the other boats up the river to the Lake Blackshear Resort Marina. Most of the pontoon boats you see there in the shadows are rentals for the summer - but there are some private boats sheltered there also. Santa Claus arrived on the Lady Liberty, to the delight of all the waiting children!
This was one of our favorite decked-out boats - Santa Claus and a couple of soaring reindeer - taking to the skies after leaving presents under the Christmas tree.
This photo doesn't do justice to the creativity of this boat/Christmas train. There were lights strung from the smokestack that created "smoke" curling up into the air. We missed the "smoke" entirely - so you'll just have to take my word on that. It was a real crowd-pleaser.
Ted captured this sunset Saturday night from the marina, as we waited for the Parade of Boats to begin. I love everything about it - the color, the peacefulness, and the one perfect star in the sky.
I’m off to do a little more wrapping before bedtime. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you back here on Friday. God bless.