Boxing Day Elf Princesses

The cousins arrived from Orange County and Michigan and brought the cheer with them.  Months ago, I said it was okay for them to come to our place for Christmas, but that tiaras and tutus were mandatory.  True to form, I’d forgotten, but Sharon hadn’t!  She made tutus!

We had a great day watching  Sharon and Toni’s parents’ wedding and other 8mm footage from last century that Dana’s dad shot, and Dana had put onto DVDs.  Amazing stuff!

We ate lots, including some of four pies and bread pudding!

Toni’s company, Tepel Brothers Printing, sends out a box of printing samples every year. She had one sent to our house, and we opened the 11 wrapped packages inside and read the stories that came with the packages to each other.  All the businesses are located in Michigan. What a great way to promote local businesses at the same time as showing off their clever designs. There’s a big cookie from On the Rise Bakery in Detroit inside the stovetop box. The sandwich is actually a cute sponge.  Fun stuff!

We also had a white elephant gift exchange and played Cards Against Humanity, a very funny, crude game. This ain’t Trivial Pursuit, folks. 😀

Everyone arrived with hiking shoes, but it was cold, sunny and verrry windy, so we didn’t do that, but we had a great time together.

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Ladies Who Lunch – The T Room

P1010791Let the annual Christmas luncheon begin!  All the SoCal coworkers convened at The T Room in Montrose for a lovely meal and delicious teas. The new White Christmas tea was a big hit…very light and flavorful.

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Yes, I do like tea ware. I can’t help it!

P1010790The women who run The T Room are always so welcoming. And look at this spread!

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My former office-mate, OneL, and I. Miss chatting with her daily, but not driving down to the office is pretty fab.

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Peachy brought her daughter. She was born two months after I started working there, so I always know… She’s about to turn 16 already!

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Secret Santa gifts abound. Fun tokens of our appreciation for one another.

Feeling lucky to have found such interesting work (I am an info geek, I admit it) and such a compassionate company to work for.  The only things missing were the lovely faces of the other two staffers who are in Massachusetts and Toronto!

Happy Holidays!

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There!  I said it!

There have been harvest feasts like  Thanksgiving since way before Europeans stumbled into North America. Likewise spring celebrations of rebirth and fertility.

Winter festivals probably began shortly after folks figured out that the days stop getting shorter and start getting longer on the winter solstice. Religions hang their banners on these astronomically and agriculturally significant dates because lives really did depend on figuring out when it was safe to plant or about time to hunker down for a lean season.

I love the lights, the candles, the symbols of various faiths that celebrate stories that have comforted and guided groups of people for centuries.

Call me an atheist softy–my spiritual feelings revolve around nature rather than organized religion–but I think it’s important to stop the tumble of our daily lives to express gratitude, and love and wonder at the continuous unfolding of the universe.

Here’s to the best of our faiths and philosophies rising to the surface in the dark midwinter.

Happy Holidays.