|An old red window, Xmas greens and a petite Christmas Tree.|
For the first time in 26 years, we are not hosting Christmas this year. We're flitting off to Montreal to spend it with the Boy Child and his new wife and their family. This will be the first time not having Christmas with my Mum, which saddens me, but I feel like I need a change this year. She will be with my sister and we shall bring her from the Home for several festive suppers prior. We usually host a Christmas Eve bash with stragglers leaving at 4 am, so the neighborhood should be a little quieter this year. I feel a little guilty I must say. Our first Christmas in a hotel, first year not cooking, hosting, planning. A Christmas Eve service in the Old city and a new experience. I really needed a break so I can bring back my energy and enthusiasm back to Christmas next year.
I changed up the decor a wee bit this year. An old window from the cottage took the place of mantle honor, along with a garland from POSH in Chicago, purchased last year at our family union (1st meeting) held in Chicago. And just so I have something to decorate with Girl Child and mother, I bought a WEE TREE that sits on the cabinet, waiting for embellishment....although I quite like it with just the set of Santa lights.