Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Lights

by Maggie Sefton



Kate's post yesterday reminded me that soon I'll be bringing boxes of Christmas
lights and decorations out of storage in my garage and shopping for a tall Colorado evergreen---spruce, probably.  With mountain forests, we don't lack a good supply of fresh trees for the holidays.  Yes, I still buy a fresh tree for Christmas-----whenever I'm here in Colorado for the holiday, that is.   Actually, this December will be the first time in four years since I've celebrated Christmas here.

Where do I go the other years?  That's easy.  Wherever family and/or friends are celebrating.   Usually wherever my daughters---either together or singly---are celebrating.  But, on the years my girls are scattered elsewhere for the holiday, then I join my close friends since childhood---Nancy and Diane---back in Vienna, Virginia, in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.   I've spent wonderful Christmas holidays in Manhattan, NY with daughter Melissa, near Houston, Texas with daughter Serena, and in Fairfax, Northern Virginia with daughter Christine and family with my grandchildren---always a fun time.

This year, three of my four daughters decided to come home to Colorado for Christmas, which means I'll be decorating.  Dragging out those dusty boxes of lights and decorations, finding the holiday music CDs and singing along while I make and bake all the family favorite goodies---like Maggie's Chocolate Mint Fudge, Chocolate Rum Balls, and Cranberry Orange Nut Bread.

Do you decorate your home for the holidays?  Or, do you concentrate on creating yummy treats in the kitchen?