Let the feasting begin! The foods of the winter festivals – what could be more glorious. Yesterday launched us fully into the Holiday spirit with two events. Our annual Brandied Eggnog Happy Hour(s) with our friend D was delightful. Nothing fancy, just warm eggnog with brandy and a few sweet nibbles, fireplace roaring, candles lit, and great conversation. Then a short stroll to A’s place for grand dinner nibbles done as only A can: gloriously! Her beautiful home was decorated magically which was wonderful. While reorganizing our storage space in the summer, I buried the Christmas decorations box and can’t even see it much less dig it out. So one sad dry eucalyptus wreath for us, but at A’s wondrous bows of evergreen, lights, eclectic baubles and happy animal ornaments hanging here and there, plus many candles and a lovely fire in the fireplace. To top it all off, a frosty walk home – moon visible but shrouded in mist and bright twinkling colours to light the silent night.

The warm glow of great friends and delicious food; the Spirit of the Season!

The warm glow of great friends and delicious food; the Spirit of the Season!

Twinkling light from candles...

Twinkling light from candles…

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