Pre-holiday 2021

Last year, I was pretty much done decorating by mid-November, because ya know… 2020 was our first COVID Christmas. I say “first” because 2021 seems to be 2020’s little sister.

I did wait until after Thanksgiving to drag out the holiday gear. Our house lights were actually put up in early November, but I waited to turn them on.

I forgot to take a picture of our decorations this year, so I’ll use the only one I have:

Kid #1 came home in mid-December. Love to see all the cars here. It means everyone is home!

The boys used to enjoy baking and decorating with me. Not so much anymore. I don’t bake as much as I used to, but this year I did snickerdoodle bread, apple cinnamon bread, brownie bites with white chocolate icing, candy cane pretzel bark, muddy buddies and sugar cookies.

I did convince them to help me decorate the sugar cookies.

We negotiated the number of cookies to six. Each kid had to decorate six cookies. Six. That’s it. 🤣

Mom, Sherry and I texted, called and Zoomed countless times trying to figure out plans for the holiday.

My friend and I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Orpheum, and Santa was even there!

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