So yesterday, we had our first Christmas Club meeting for 2022! Susan, Carrie and I met at Carrie's home in her beautiful new space. It was a low-key meeting but very encouraging and productive. We talked about our Christmases, and Susan even has pictures from hers arranged in scrapbook layouts. It looked like such a wonderful time! I would not have thought of documenting this, but Susan even had a photo of her home that she and Jim took when they arrived home on Christmas night. It had been snowing, and the lights of their lovely home just showed up so beautifully. It was a great photo to end with.
Carrie and I had both noticed that Christmas felt very relaxed this year. What a blessing that was!
We discussed Christmas cards. Susan wants to do a photo card for 2022 and Carrie was able to share some tips about when she starts working on their family's photo card. I have already purchased Christmas cards for 2022. I was using up odds and ends of cards from previous years in 2021 and actually used almost all of my stash. So I found some nice ones from Christianbook.com at an after-Christmas sale. Below is just one of the designs I purchased:
We enjoyed beverages and some refined sugar-free muffins I had made -- Cranberry Poppy Seed, with a crumble topping. They turned out pretty well. I'll post more about this later, but I'm thinking of trying a new muffin recipe every month in 2022 with the thought of finding a good one for Christmas kitchen gifts this year.At the meeting I also took a few minutes to share the after-Christmas debriefing that I try to do every year.
In preparation for the Christmas Club meeting, I also took some time to update my Christmas notebook in the way I describe in this post. It feels great to have that task accomplished.
2021 was an interesting and different Christmas season for me, due to being nearly immobilized with sciatica for most of it. I am so thankful that God gave energy and even adaptive ways of doing things to be able to accomplish all that was necessary to do.
And that was pretty much our club meeting yesterday. So fun that we could actually meet on Rudolph Day!