Well, yesterday we celebrated our first round of Christmas festivities in Mississippi, and we had such a fun time. My sister-in-law Rose is always so great about making things laid-back and easy, and even though we talk on the phone a good bit, it’s always good to see each other in person and visit and laugh and eat some ham.
We really did eat some ham. It was tasty.
We exchanged presents with D’s side of the family since our little family-o-three will be here in Birmingham on Christmas Day, and you’ll be happy to know that I made sure to take a picture of Martha in one of the things that we gave her.
I went to the grocery store as soon as we got home today (you may remember that my primary holiday grocery shopping goal is to shop three to four days in advance, mainly so I can avoid the amateurs and sacrificial out-of-town relative errand-runners). Later this afternoon I tried to make some cinnamon rolls but completely messed up my dough (the baking and I really struggle sometimes, what with its “precise measurements” and “need for accuracy”), so I’m going to try again tomorrow.
See? I am filled with Christmas-related optimism and cheer.
But if the dough goes wrong tomorrow, I’m going to resort to the Pillsbury variety that you pop open with a spoon.
ANYWAY, there are a few links that I wanted to be sure to share before next week gets away from me.
– If you need a last-minute Christmas gift for someone you love, may I very humbly suggest that you present said person with a gift card for Melanie’s new book, Sparkly Green Earrings? Because Melanie’s book is funny and tender and wonderful and will make someone very happy when it arrives at their house on the first Tuesday in February.
By the way, I told myself that I was going to try to be low-key about Mel’s book.
But that’s not gonna happen. Because as it turns out, I feel more like a stage mama who wears a t-shirt with her daughter’s name airbrushed on the front.
So it’s a safe bet that you’ll be hearing lots more about Melanie’s book from me.
– I meant to link to this video about a month ago, but I got sidetracked by football season or Thanksgiving or Real Housewives or something.
Better late than never, I reckon.
(I give it a 98 on a 100-point scale.)
(I deducted two points for not using the phrase “Christ-follower.”)
(And careful if you have little ears in the room.)
(But oh my. HILARIOUS.)
– A couple of weeks ago my friend Jennifer sent me a link to a website that she thought I’d like.
And OH, MY. DO I EVER.
They’re closed on Sunday, by the way. Which in my opinion is just one more reason to love them forever.
All righty. I think that’s it. I hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas – I am so grateful for each one of you!