Had planned to include this update on the 5 activities on my mini Christmas Bucket List with the reveal of my 2018 Winter Bucket List but still had a couple of activities pending. But as of today, I am pleased to report that I can mark everything off as done! Yay, ME!! Let’s take a look.
Mini Christmas Bucket List
We were so caught up with out-of-town travel and house painting that we didn’t begin getting in the holiday spirit until the week before Christmas. As I have said, PC really doesn’t care much for Christmas, so even if we’d had time, he wouldn’t have wanted to have the tree up or the decorations out much before that. We are in full on Christmas mode now, though.
1st Annual Christmas Keepsake Ornament
When we were in Germany, I was lured into a little shop in Triberg by their window display of wooden snowflakes. Once inside we discovered some unique ornaments whittled from a round of wood. We bought a number of these as souvenirs to take home to family and also picked two for our Christmas tree. One a nativity scene, the other a candle and pine boughs. I teased in a couple of earlier posts that the most appropriate ornament to represent our 2017 would be a swimming pool or Santa with a life preserver. Because of the issues we have had with our new pool – now 10 months and counting. But we decided to go make this German ornament our 1st annual Christmas keepsake ornament.
Christmas Movie and Bethlehem Dinner
We did this a week before Christmas. It would have been a great activity for Christmas Eve but I didn’t want to leave it til then. I spread out a plastic Christmas table cloth on the rug in the den, then used a small bale of hay as a kind of table for our Bethlehem dinner. Our meal consisted of several types of cheese, raisins, dried pineapple and bananas, nuts, Triscuit crackers, shrimp (and chicken nuggets – probably not available in Bethlehem back in the day) and avocado. I lit candles and PC built a fire in our fireplace (which really means he switched on the gas). We began watching A Christmas Story Live, the new musical, while we ate. But once the nibbles were finished, that floor became pretty darn hard. And a third of the way through the musical, at the one hour mark, we had had enough of the singing and switched to football.
Gifts for Sergio and Ariadna
You guys probably remember the brother and sister that I met at Whitaker while subbing there who were the homeless children of a unemployed, migrant working, single mom. PC and I decided rather than select a name from the angel tree at the mall, we would get a little Christmas for Sergio and Ariadna. My BFF Sharon even got in on the action because she asked me to buy something for them rather than send her a gift. Here’s what I bought for them.
I dropped off the gifts at school the other day. Along with a Walmart gift card for Ms. Reyes, the children’s mom. Hope their Christmas is just a little bit brighter and that the new year brings them many new opportunities.
Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
Here’s the list of items we sought on our Christmas light scavenger hunt.
And here’s how we did. Found 18 out of 20 items. Are there any items on the list you would have had trouble finding in your neighborhood? Can you guess which ones we didn’t find? I’ll share the answer at the bottom of the post. But here is a photo of the lovely lumanarias at Loretto Academy and Convent.
Progressive Dinner Date
This was fun. And will be something I think we try again soon. We went on Saturday night and incorporated church in the middle of our date. So it was actually a progressive dinner and church date. I solicited suggestions of new restaurants to try from my FB friends. Vona suggested a date to Old Mesilla, New Mexico (30 miles away), visiting several establishments there. Zulema suggested a restaurant Crave, known for their chicken and waffles (sounds amazing). However, we had been to Old Mesilla and Crave on dates past, so it was Juliana’s suggestions that we tried.
We dressed up a little bit, nothing fancy but we both took showers! My image gallery-maker has gone on permanent holiday and this is the new gallery maker I am using. Please click on the photos for a closer look!
We had an early dinner at Pot Au Feu. My Prince had a Philly sandwich and I had the Croque-Madame. Which was a sandwich a lot like a Monte Cristo or my Monte Cristo casserole, recipe here. Then we attended Saturday evening church. Stopped by Bella Cora bakery for dessert – cheesecake and a pecan pie pastry – and finished the evening with a drink at TradeCraft. This was fun! Will try it again in the near future.
And that’s a wrap for our mini Christmas bucket list.
It is now Christmas morning. My granddaughter Lucia has been sick since they arrived on Friday. Last night, poor baby, didn’t get to sleep until after 3:00 am. Not sure what time we will start our Christmas festivities. Just thankful she is still asleep now at 11:00 am. I am thankful for this little one and my Cady, my daughters and their loves, my family, friends and my darling PC. I am thankful that those many years ago a sweet baby was sent to light our way. Happy birthday, Baby Jesus.
Did you accomplish or try something special, new or different over the holidays? Won’t you share in a comment below? I love getting inspiration from your lives. And I am so thankful to each of you for spending time with me in 2017. Hope we become better pals in the coming new year.
P.S. We couldn’t find a leg lamp (what????) or an igloo. Now I know what to add to our decorations for Christmas 2018.
Hugs and kisses,