Most of the preparations are done. The presents are wrapped and with the exception of tonight's meal, and the actual cooking of tomorrow's feast, the cooking/baking is done too. I only made one batch of cookies this year - our usual Cranberry Almond Biscotti ---
Ginger Crinkles. A friend gave us a huge platter of cookies too, so I decided not to make the rest of our usual cookies. I did try a new recipe for tomorrow. For years I've made a buttermilk pound cake (one of the best recipes I've ever baked) but I'd made it recently for a party and wanted to try something new. So this year we will have a Cranberry-Orange and Coconut cake with our Christmas morning breakfast. I hope that it's as tasty as it smells because it involved both the food processor and the mixer, as well as a spilled bowl of orange glaze!
Now I just have to start the Swedish meatballs which I'd hoped to skip this year. Unfortunately for me, the family insisted! I would have been happy with takeout Chinese!
I was pretty minimal with the decorating this year too. The tree has only a few ornaments on it. It looks prettier in real life than the photo above shows. I have about 50 small red teardrop shaped crystals on it as well as 100 silver twists. A few choice ornaments:
This Santa belonged to my mother. It was originally part of a light set, I think.
This one we bought for Eldest Son's first Christmas!
I truthfully don't know from whence the crystal bird came, but I really like it!
This cheerful bird was a gift from some friends a Christmas or two ago.
And Christmas isn't Christmas without at least one pointsettia!
So I will get the meatballs made while listening to a variety of Christmas music, and then settle down for a bit of knitting.