The stockings have been hung, the tree set up and decorated, the gifts placed beneath, the wreaths hung on doors, the swag with tiny red lights hung on the railing of the porch.
Cookies have been baked and decorated and the gingerbread people are joined with red ribbons, hand to hand, ready to dance together over the holiday table.
Our daughter has come home for a few days and helped with all of that on Christmas Eve while a funky remix of Christmas favorite carols and songs played on her iPhone.
We took the big black baker's dog on a walk at the laguna and spotted the flock of great blue heron perched on the bare branches in the sunshine. One flew across the water and we could see how beautiful it was and how wide the wingspan.
In the evening we enjoyed a salad of mixed greens, avocado, fresh oranges, golden raisins and a sprinkle of coconut with a lime dressing, plus some spinach quiche. Such is a Christmas Eve here at Elle's.
This morning we slept in (one of the advantages of not having any small children here), had a great breakfast with Sweetie's famous scrambled eggs, Willie Bird peppered turkey bacon, coffee and the Elephant Juice Yule Wreath.
Gifts were exchanged, phone calls made to my Mom and a few others, and Sweetie took a cat nap, with Merlin the cat in his lap! Relaxing is the watchword this Christmas for us.
This evening will include a special dinner with Grandma and either a movie or a game to play. Family is important to me and I feel grateful for having so many to cherish.
Hope that your celebration of the season suits you and gives you great joy. Sending virtual hugs to those I've gotten to know over the years through this blog...you are a delight and inspiration.