The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

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I’ve decided that I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love the “feeling” that the holidays bring, but I hate all the school functions, work functions, parties, gift buying/wrapping, decorating, planning, cooking, cleaning and increased stress that come with Christmas. Thankfully, we’re not travelling at all this year–everyone is coming to us. I think if I had to add 16 to 18 hours in a car to this season, I might just go crazy!

We attended the town Christmas parade a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time, but it was frigid!

I snuck away before the parade to look around in a few of the shops downtown and came accross an empty alley and a great view of Christ Church…

After the parade we had planned to watch the Christmas flotilla, but it began to rain (eventually turning into our first snow of the season!) and we decided to go back to a warm house. But, before we did, Charles made a trip to the local nursery to pick up his very own crab pot Christmas tree!

Today is Riley’s last day of school until January 3, so we’ll get a bit of a break there–I’ll get to sleep in!

We’ve ordered her birthday cake as well and should be picking that up this Thursday. I found a woman locally to bake it and who thinks she can tackle Riley’s request: Boba Fett with a Santa hat. I’m confident she can pull it off–what sold me was a Seymour (from Little Shop of Horrors) cake she did. Amazing! Don’t believe me? Take a look…

One issue did come up with the cake though–to make it look correct, the baker needs to make the cake a certain size, big enough to feed 35 people! I think we’ll be eating cake for a full week after Riley’s celebration.

Our house will be full for the next several days: My parents are coming in on Riley’s birthday, the 24th, and staying through the 26th; Charles’ mom Nancy is coming the 26th through the 30th; and Charles’ dad is coming the 30th through January 2nd. Whew! It’s going to be a busy holiday!

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