Signs of the Holiday Season – 2022 December 28, 2022December 28, 202233 Comments I was so late decorating this year that I bought my outdoor decor instead of doing my own. By then it was too cold to hack branches off my mother’s pine tree and with a $40 urn on sale for $15 who could resist? Plus the plaid ribbons were so cheerful! $30 hanging baskets were $11 and door wreaths were $5. The matching plaid ribbons from the dollar store were $1 – I do love a bargain. I have a neighbour who is very talented at bow-making and can be bribed with cookies. The partridge was finally hung in the pear tree where he can twirl around in the wind. I was gifted a chocolate truffle Advent calendar the first of December. I’ve never had an Advent calendar before and have to admit it’s a nice idea, portion control and so many sleeps until Christmas and all that, but I have no idea what it has to do with Advent? Nevertheless, I’m thinking of buying a cosmetic one from Marcelle my favorite skin care line, in the Boxing Day sales as what better way to sample new products, and I saw a tea one in the grocery store for a tea lover. (yes, this is how the mad men merchandisers get you.) The season started with the Swiss Chalet Festive Special which is basically the same as their regular meal except for the dollop of cranberry sauce, the scoop of stuffing and the box of five free Lindt chocolates which you pay for with the increased price. Inflation inflation…. and ended with the big turkey dinner and all the fixin’s….. which encored as turkey stew (today) and turkey pie (tomorrow) – that turkey was the gift that kept on giving. Henceforth, it’s back to salads. (New plaid Christmas plates, courtesy of Winners, and the shallow bowls/plates are from the mission thrift shop – 12 plates for $1 each. Just what I need – more china! I kept four and gave the rest away. It makes me sad when I see all the lovely china that must have graced someone’s dinner table at one time so I feel it’s my duty to redistribute it to people who will appreciate it.) Salads….. and more salads. New Years resolution – eat healthier. I was happy to hygge at home… With a bottle of mulled wine – the non-alcoholic kind. and a Christmas puzzle during the big blizzard of 2022. We got off rather lightly – only six inches of snow but the winds were wicked and the whiteouts fierce. The partridge was not amused. Here’s to a calmer and more peaceful 2023. Happy New Year’s to all my Readers!