Christmas Wrap-Up

We had a joyous but tiring Christmas.

A small deer surrounded by magnolia leaves.
A small deer surrounded by magnolia leaves.

We made and ate Christmas luncheon on Christmas Eve so I wouldn’t have to cook on Christmas Day.

A whole ham with fresh pineapple.
A whole ham with fresh pineapple.

The menu:

  • ham with pineapple and brown sugar glaze
  • roasted vegetables: cauliflower, carrots, and Brussels sprouts
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • steamed spiced shrimp
  • cookies and chocolate candy
Oiled vegetables ready for roasting.
Oiled vegetables ready for roasting.

I thought I made a ton of roasted vegetables but they were the first dish to run out. The pineapple on the ham was second.

The olive tree is a perfect backdrop.
The olive tree is a perfect backdrop.

This Mexican crèche looked well-positioned under one of the olive trees in the conservatory.

I'm a new fan of magnolia.
I’m a new fan of magnolia.

A magnolia branch simply laid on the table gives some interest to the clay figurines.

The deer play well into the New Year.
The deer play well into the New Year.

I did a little more decorating and have decided to keep the non-Christmas-specific, winter items in place for awhile.

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My best find this year was magnolia leaves that look good both in branches and well-placed individual leaves.

Loving bouquets of white roses all over the house.
Loving bouquets of white roses all over the house.

I’ll be picking more next year.

Do you have a favorite holiday green?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Christmas Wrap-Up”

  1. I neve remember to use magnolia leaves even though I have easy access to them. Your Christmas looks good. My sister and I did the same thing – main meal on Christmas Eve so that Christmas was much more relaxed. We started out thinking we would eat at 3 pm but somehow the food wasn’t ready until 5 pm. But it was a great day that we both enjoyed.

  2. Your decorations are beautiful. I love how the olive tree acts as scenery for the crèche (which is very cute). I don’t have a magnolia to pick from, but I might invest in some silk branches. It’s lovely. We–the two of us–had a ham as well. I always think of Dorothy Parker’s definition of eternity: “two people and a ham.”

    1. I was sad for your loss during the holidays but happy that you and Douglas have not let it isolate you. Many good wishes for 2017. Jo

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