I know I said I was taking a few days off from posting, but I wanted to hop on real quick before I start my day to say merry Christmas and share our family Christmas card. I wish I could send one to every one of you.
The girls and I had so much fun last night at the Nutcracker. I forgot how much I love the music and the dance, and I think it was even more special after being unable to attend events like that for so long.
We had a decent view of the orchestra too, so in addition to the ballet, R enjoyed watching the mallets and aux instruments since that’s what she plays in the band.
I really wanted a picture of all three of us to commemorate the occasion, but I didn’t want to take the time as we were on our way to dinner to bother a stranger on the street. Plus, the girls barely tolerated me snapping one of the two of them, so I was trying to make it quick. At least I got this one, though!
It’s a shame you can’t see their outfits. They really complemented each other too, as R was wearing black and forest green, and C was in a red dress. I should have taken a picture at home before we left, but we were running late, so this is the best I’ve got.
Afterwards, we went across the street to Estia for dinner, and everything was delicious. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the Philadelphia theater district. Of course, they were all decorated for the holidays, which made it even more fun.
Today is C’s birthday, and of course Christmas Eve. It has been our tradition for quite a few years to go out for sushi, but she requested The Melting Pot this year, so I got reservations there for dinner tonight. I swear, after this week of eating, you’re going to have to roll me into January.
We will have a quiet Christmas celebration here tomorrow, and then a get together with some extended family members on Sunday. I’m praying everyone stays well, but only time will tell. We’re just taking it day by day and hoping for the best.
I have to do some grocery shopping and gift wrapping today, but otherwise, I think I’m pretty set. C is going to make her cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and Paul has a turkey brining for Christmas dinner, so I just need to make some sides.
And then I took someone’s advice from the comments on last week’s Coffee Talk, and we’re just doing snacks and apps and finger foods for the family gathering on Sunday instead of another big meal. I threw it out to my sisters-in-law, and we all agreed that’s the way to go.
So yeah! It’s hard to believe another year is coming to an end. I do want to acknowledge how tough this year has been for many. Some are lonely, some are grieving, some are sick, and some are struggling with other issues they may or may not splash all over their social media accounts. Just because it may look all sunshine and roses doesn’t mean it’s always the case behind the scenes.
All that to say, whatever situation you’re in, I pray you find some peace and joy in this season of celebration. And for those of you who are working… whether you’re in the healthcare field, law enforcement, the service industry, or whatever it may be, thank you for your sacrifice. We need you more than ever right now.
I’m so grateful for this community, so thank you for being a part of it. Merry Christmas!