Warmth and Good Cheer
Christmas Open House I had five years ago was to
embrace our new lovely home and to open it up to our
friends and family. I had been single and living in
a small condo and now I was newly married to my
wonderful husband, Rick and living in a wonderfully
large condo. My creative mind was alive with holiday
decorating ideas. Well, there you have it. That was
five years ago and so many people to thank.
I used to enjoy
cooking and preparing the food for the party by
myself. I didn’t know how fun it could be until my
dear friend, Marie Buckley started helping me. I am
grateful for her friendship. One of my friends said
to me, “It gets better every year.”
“I don’t know how
it could but it does.” Not only did I have the
brilliant piano player, Tom Reitano entertaining us
with his piano tunes in the loft but I also had a
wonderfully talented quartet of carolers singing in
the front courtyard. Unfortunately, I can’t always
carry my creative ideas through as it rained the
night of the party and the fireplace pit I borrowed
(thanks Mary) wouldn’t stay lit. Maybe next year!
A gracious thank
you goes out to my sister, Barb who is always there
to help me out. Thanks also to the Dark Horse Tavern
for their splendid bartending skills every year also
to, Gwen Edkins, Priscilla Carmody, Donna Goyette,
my mother- in- law, Jennie, who stuffs 100 dates
with pistachios for one of the most popular
appetizers of the night. (See recipe on the next
And I can’t
forget the person who you won’t see in any of the
pictures. He’s Jonathan Beach of Beach Photography.
Thanks for letting me get creative with you.
My husband keeps
asking me why we don’t have a summer party in our
beautiful extended room (the deck) which overlooks a
wondrous lake. Only CNY weather… who knows it might
even snow that day but stay tuned!