We all know that Christmas brings us so many miracles. And one miracle is that I am doing a holiday blog, after being absent from The Collected Room for so many months! So many of you have emailed me to see if anything is wrong and I am humbled and happy to report that all is well! I had my total knee replacement in late summer and have had a wonderful outcome. We have had a very busy year at Kathryn Greeley Designs and I have traveled frequently to several out of town projects. One particularly wonderful project is in northern Michigan for a special blog reader, Emily Phillips and her husband Terry. I have thought so often of doing a blog post, but never seem to fit that in a very busy schedule.
Thanksgiving was busy, with my normal 26-28 to feed! This year was no exception, and was fun, but tiring!
Now for the seven live trees to put up and decorate…!
And mantels to do…
And the annual Christmas card to paint and get in the mail…!
Last weekend, we had a few friends over for a cozy Soup and Cornbread party.
My menus for the soup and cornbread dinner was comfort food!
Most of these recipes you can find on the blog if you use the search bar!
And gifts to buy and wrap…!
Often, in the hustle and bustle of the season, we lose sight of the meaning of the gifts we give and receive. A few days ago, my friend Mickie Norman gave me one of the most meaningful gifts I have ever received. When my Mother passed away, I gave this friend several of my Mother’s jackets, as they both wore petites.
My friend had her aunt Patsy Hoglen, who has suffered greatly in the past few months from melanoma surgeries, make one of Mother’s jackets into a bear for my Christmas gift. This bear is incredible…
As you can imagine, I have cried many tears over this gift that means so very much to me. This thoughtfulness is a lesson in gift giving for everyone!
As this busy season comes to a close, I wish you and each of your families a safe, peaceful, and joyous Christmas. And I hope the new year brings you joy and abundance and good health. And hopefully some blog posts from The Collected Room!!