The last cuff is finished and the husband can make his shirt. The holiday presents are wrapped and under the tree. The tree and holiday decorations are up and the boxes put away. The house is picked up and the holiday cooking begun.
Then I saw some fabric.... I had seen tablecloths out of this fabric and liked it. Almost bought them and then decided I had enough. Since we are just staying home and not entertaining this holiday, no need to indulge. Then things changed. Sent the wonderful, patient husband to the fabric store to pick up the fabric (after he went to the gourmet grocery store for more items since we now are 4 for x-mas dinner) . Made the table cloth and napkins (6) last night. Now to plan for the table settings. Need to have the yule log candle holder AND the menorah. Need to decide whether to get out the really good china and silverware or just due with the everyday china (which is Spode - what is the use of having the good stuff if you don't use it) and stainless flatware.
Dinner will be eggplant caviar on toasts for an appetizer, duck breasts in pomogranate and walnut sauce, blue lake green beans, baby yukon gold potatoes blanched and then sauted, dinner rolls (bought), and of course the requisite Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce (bought). We will serve a lovely dry full blush wine courtesy of the husband's mother's gentleman friend's vineyard.
Good friends, good food, nice atmosphere - it will be a nice holiday. Hope yours is as well.