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Monday, December 20, 2021

Looks like we are on the home stretch of the countdown to Christmas day. 

Christmas Tree

I have really been enjoying my Christmas tree this year.

Christmas tree with ornaments

The colored lights make me feel a sense of joy.

When I walk in my front door and see the tree the first thing I do is turn on those lights.

Christmas room

And suddenly the room feels very festive.

I'm an old fashioned girl who likes the larger colored lights,

Christmas tree

a tree full of ornaments I have collected over the years,

ornaments on a Christmas tree

an old-world Santa tree topper,

old world Santa Christmas tree topper

and my mother's Mr. and Mrs. Santa Annalee dolls.

Mr. And Mrs. Santa Annalee dolls

Banana Bread

I have shared my favorite banana bread recipe on my blog before, but yesterday I decided it was time for a fresh loaf.

This is a simple recipe and can be easily made gluten-free as I have done. 

banana bread

You can find the recipe here.

Tessa was surprised with a new puppy yesterday. He is half springer and half golden doodle. He is going to be a big dog. I haven't met him yet, but I did see a video of Tessa when they surprised her with him.

The joy on her face was the best. Tessa loves animals. I can't wait for us to play with him together and I will share photos when that happens. 

Thanks for visiting today. I know everyone is busy with last-minute Christmas preparations, but I hope you are able to slow down and enjoy the holiday.

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  1. Beautiful tree. Merry Christmas sweet friend. Enjoy being with your wonderful family on Christmas. xoxo

  2. On my! I think you need a bigger tree! (Just joking with you....!!) as it looks like it is full to the brim of all of your wonderful ornaments and memories. I too love the lights and have them on all day as they are so festive. I didn't unpack my treasured ornaments this year.... I kind of wish I would have, but just didn't have the energy or motivation, but I do miss some of the ones I've had for probably 50 years or that were my mom's. At least I found the ones she gave me years and years ago, and they are there. I love your kraft country Christmas packages and the dolls. And I bet Tessa is over the top with a new puppy to cuddle and love. I think most of my stuff is done, so I can relax over the next few days and watch Christmas movies! Hugs.. Marilyn

  3. What a pretty tree! Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  4. Lucky Tessa! She must be over the moon! Wishing you a beautiful Christmas, Laura, and I hope you continue to feel that joy of your tree's lights long after you take it down!


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