Every year, for a long time now, My best friend from childhood, Patty and I, have celebrated our two holidays together, Christmas (hers) and Chanukah (mine)...And by celebrating I mean simply getting into the most materialistic form of the holidays with food and gifts! It's a fun way to wrap up the year and enjoy our friendship together. This year she came to my house and I made fresh spinach, grilled onions, & cheese omelets; toast and orange marmalade, and we drank hot apple cider.
Also on the table are other gifts received in the past from Patty: the Lenox Happy Chanukah music box and the ceramic menorah. As well as the little butter spreader with the ceramic stars of David as it's handle.and later (after opening our gifts) we had these wonderful raspberry almond tarts from our favorite bakery here in town. Here you see them laid out on a Chanukah platter that Patty gave me in one of our celebrations in years past. And we drank apple cinnamon tea! After eating we moved on to the fun part of opening gifts! Patty loved the "Annie Coe" necklace I bought her from Annie's ETSY. She also loved the card Annie made that came with the pendant. She seemed to really like this little plate I found of Christmas Memories
Here she is opening one of the fabric/paper boxes I made
dressed family singing Christmas Carols.
It's also a music box so it plays Christmas music too.
So this year I gave her the framed encaustic piece I made especially for her
in Judy Wise's workshop at Art and Soul in October this year. Needless to say she loves it!!!
pigging out on ice cream, something Patty and I love to do together!
The joke was not lost on her at all.
And wait till you see what she gave me that compliments this gift!
Thank you Patty for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
which was one of her gifts from me. And Patty gave me this adorable little book of
Chanukah stories, facts, and recipes. So sweet!
As was the bag of chocolate coins that were attached to the book!!!
Patty gave me and DH a Harry and David's box of assorted Christmas cookies;
and I gave her husband a box of his favorite oatmeal cookies!
See the gift card that says FENTONS! That's to our awesome local ice cream parlor
and the amount floored me. But Patty said we were going to have a very busy
summer there this coming year. Well, we'll be celebrating both our seventieth birthdays
so I guess we will need the card for that!!!!
Patty also gave me subscriptions to TWO of my favorite Stampington Magazines:
Somerset SEW and Somerset Workshop!!!
a gift card to Joanne's for my sewing needs for the coming year!
she also gave me this absolutely beautiful sterling silver friendship bracelet
that in engraved with the words:
"Friends" "Forever" "Today" Tomorrow" "Always"
It's very narrow and delicate
and I feel very beautifully dressed and blessed
for our life time
and all you add to my life
I love & appreciate you so much. xoxo