Everyday during his walk Moxie finds a stick to bring home. It can be as big as a large branch or a very teeny twig...but it is always something for which he receives a treat. This year on Christmas Eve he found this pine branch and carried it all the way home. It seemed to be an omen, a very special gift for a new and different Christmas.
This is the first year we have had to think of new ways to celebrate. Our Christmas Eve tradition died with Thom in November and our Christmas Day traditions have changed as my family has scattered across the country. We took this little Charlie Brown tree and decorated it with handmade gifts from special friends. Smith fashioned a stand from a coat hanger and the Santa seated in front was made by my special stitching friend Carolyn Webb. The stitched ornaments are from 'needles with eyes' buddies and Julia sent the little red sweater as a thank you for a recent favor. Laughing, decorating our 'Moxie tree' and having a quiet Christmas Eve at home was a new and wonderful way to create the spirit of Christmas Present in our home.
Christmas morning we started what we hope will become a long standing tradition...breakfast in the place we love most up the canyon, the Silver Fork Lodge. We shared the dining room with others who were in the best of spirits, enjoying a special day of cheer. It truly didn't feel like we were in a room full of strangers. Barb has always taken good care of us and I snapped her photo with Smith. It was a delightful time to be in this unique, friendly and familiar atmosphere.
And, how cool is it that I finished Blaze on Christmas Eve! The problem was that Smith seemed to be having an 'off' day in the photo taking department. This is the photo he took when the 'special cocoa' arrived. It was supposed to be a picture of ME, Blaze AND the cocoa. WTF!? What do you think he was REALLY thinking? And how about this one taken on the Olympic Plaza during the water show? (We were the ONLY people around as it was Christmas Day.) Can you see how wonderful Blaze really is? It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the time outdoors, at least. Neena arrived later that night and acted as artistic director when we returned for a proper photo shoot the next day. Blaze was kept under lock and key when I was not wearing her as Neena has a bad reputation...remember Charlotte? Better pictures of Blaze tomorrow.
Neena is wonderful in the kitchen and she whipped up a dinner of shrimp scampi, baked brie and loads of other tasty treats. She'll hit the road tomorrow morning for a trip through Southeastern Utah and Northern Arizona. I gave her a Typepad blog for Christmas so I'll keep you posted as to when she returns and posts a travelogue of the trip.
Peace, Love and Joy to you all as we unwind, regroup and get ready for 2005!