Christmas came in with a BLAST. . .
A fire in the open hearth fireplace was certainly necessary on Christmas Day. . .Outdoors the temperature plummeted to 18 degrees but with the wind howling, it felt like 9. . .May not be unusual for our friends to the north. . .but here in the Delta, where winters are fairly mild, it was COLD!
The fire always adds so much to our Christmas Day so we would have lit it anyway. . .Mr. LaShay loved it. . .If you'll look in the end chair, you can spot him as he gazes at the fire. . .
All in all, it was a quiet Christmas for us. . .but we enjoyed the down-time tremendously. . .Our Christmas dinner was the highlight with smoked turkey and ham, grits dressing and gravy, cranberry apple relish, fresh corn, a green bean casserole (a tradition), ambrosia, pumpkin 'mashed potatoes' with pecans, dates, coconut and lots of butter. . .
And for dessert, fruitcake made with my Grandmother's recipe and holiday cheesecake. . .There may have just been two of us, but we didn't let that stop us from celebrating the day. . .
Additional dollar store buys included those adorable snowman mugs above. . .They are quite large and could double as soup bowls, too. . .Other buys: Christmas plates, Hot Cocoa sign, small Christmas tree, berries in glass, white tipped mini pine cones, white candles, candlesticks, checked bow, checked snowflake. . .making my dollar store $50 challenge a success. . .I'm not sure I actually spent the entire $50. . .It was definitely a fun thing to do. . .
And so. . .with Christmas over, it means a New Year is coming soon. . .It is hard to believe it is that time already. . .My New Year's wish will be for a better 2021 for all. . .and I'll be sure to eat black-eyed peas and cornbread this New Year's Day for luck. . .I don't want to leave any options for a better year undone. . .(grin). . .