Saturday, December 24, 2016

Calmest Christmas Ever

I'm not sure why but this has been my calmest Christmas season in years....I'm not even all that CRABBY. Perhaps the fact that we are not in the middle of a major renovation might have a little something to do with it. Or maybe that we didn't just move or have some other major event happen. This is the first Christmas Eve in my entire life that we actually have no plans. How lovely.......considering the fact that there will be fourteen of us for dinner tomorrow.

My husband spent the day in the kitchen preparing for tomorrow's meal........something he actually enjoys immensely (sorry, I just don't get that whole love cooking thing). Oh did I mention he actually likes wrapping presents as well.......I know, I know, I have it ridiculously easy.

So I spent my time setting up for tomorrow's sit down dinner for the fourteen of us. The biggest open space we have is the downstairs, family room/studio, so you guessed it.....time to convert the studio into a dinning room. Easy peasy......I am very much a believer that most of the rooms in the house have to be multipurpose.

 
Step One...roll out the sewing machine cabinet and drag in the four collapse-able tables.

 
Get the Christmas table cloth....this is just outdoor fabric that I sewed together several years ago. The nice thing is it actually is sort of water resistant which means "stain resistant" a win win in my books!

 
A couple of poinsettias later ......

 

 
Another multipurpose hint.....this is my cutting mat turned upside down.....perfect for the Christmas Puzzle! Not that I can put a puzzle together for the life of me. A few weeks ago, I told my six year old Ellie, that I was never very good at doing puzzles........her face lit up in surprise "Not even when you were a kid?" She asked!!! Hmm what is she saying?????

 
And yes, things are progressing rather well in the kitchen!!!

We have simplified a few things over the years....such as drawing names for gifts. No sending out Christmas Cards (whoops, I actually quit that forty years ago) and no deadline Christmas sewing (that's a big one for me). For me, when things are a little simpler, I enjoy them more.
I think one of our biggest highlights was watching our two six year old granddaughters at their school Christmas Concerts....we were both a bit teary eyed that day. Something so lovely and sweet about children's concerts.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!


6 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🎄 Your temporary dining table is lovely and your hubby looks like he has the cooking under control. We had our family get-together yesterday and will go our for Chinese food and a movie today. I bet I even squeeze in a little bit of sewing. 😉

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  2. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your calm Christmas...Here's to more calm Holiday Seasons!

    Arzina

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  3. Merry Christmas ... have a lovely day!

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  4. Lovely post...I feel like I was there...Merry Christmas

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