As easy as it can be to hate people, don't be a Scrooge; instead of waiting to see the phantoms, like life! You, only you, can be Father Christmas to Christmas children on December the 25th, and it will bring you happiness that beautiful day. Thank you very much!
If you haven't guessed, the above is both good to keep in mind, but by the end of this paragraph I will have referenced all of the song titles from the 1970 adaptation of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. If you're not familiar with the story, please do look it up. I'll now begin again.
We've enjoyed the last few weeks with several outings. We were pleased to enjoy the company of two friends in attending the 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional, which can be seen here. It was a great experience albeit numbingly cold outside. We're starting to call it a tradition.
|The Utah State Capitol before the devotional|
|Our group...thanks for coming!|
|Us after a filling meal at Tucanos|
|Some of our ornaments|
|The wreath on our door has real holly and (maybe) real ivy from our backyard|
|A perennial decoration from Thomas' grandparents|
|Christmas plates from Lisa's mom|
|Our Christmas book display|
|An advent calendar/nativity from Thomas' sister's family|
|Thomas' parents give each kid a piece a year for Christmas...|
|...and when they get married, they get the core pieces (Joseph, Mary, and Jesus) along with the others!|
|Lisa's miniature nativity|
|A foam nativity|
|A gourd nativity from Thomas' mission (made in Peru)|
|Grasshopper ice cream cake|
|Delicious. Perhaps it will show up on our bistro someday...|
|Sausage-stuffed acorn squash (this will definitely be there)|
|Lasagna al spinaci (delicious)|
|Egg rolls (recipe here)|
|Holding and wearing some of the gifts received (the pie didn't last)|