Scissors, Parties, Elsa’s, Pfister, Snow People, Traditions
This month has been a whirlwind! Sold a large metal print of a downtown street lamp, did a photo-shoot for a business launch, created a commissioned piece of a house, and painted a fun ceiling mural. Ceiling painting is not usually my idea of fun – but this one was. It was a HUGE ornate silver and gold scissors for a craft room. On the blades were the words: Embellish & CREATE. The singalong and the VA reception were both big hits. The VA photos are still on display at the Central Library until Jan 3 – here is a link to the slideshow. Also helped host a Holiday Artist Party / Reunion for the Bay View Arts Guild. It has been way too long since I had seen many of these old friends. It was a wonderful time. There are four fabulous annual house parties this month, and a few visits to dear friends who have been in the hospital. And the annual Sleighriders Concert is always a highlight of the season. Milwaukee’s music scene still rocks!
Tom and I hosted two family Christmas gatherings. Lunch for Tom’s side, with our Sophia stealing the show singing and playing piano. And dinner for my side of the family. We have a tradition of making Hungarian Goulash and homemade spätzle noodles. It’s tough to live up to my mom’s cooking, but I did my best. So far everyone has lived. Tom and I had a great ‘Mom Date’ - we took Elsa to see the Christmas Carol at the Pabst and dinner at Elsa’s on the Park. The Au Poirvre burger with burgundy sauce is to die for. It may have been the best burger I’ve ever had. Or maybe I was just feeling extra Christmas glow. Earlier in the week we had the chance to hear Piano Sam Steffke on the keys in the Pfister lobby. Go get yourself a fancy cocktail and snuggle up around the fireplace while you listen. After dinner we visited all the downtown Christmas light displays. Our city is magical in the winter. We caught one of Jack and Jill Jazz concerts for their Snow People CD release. Great seasonal music!
Our family stopped buying major gifts for each other a few years back. Maybe just a token thing. We still get stuff for the kids – and they are mostly adults now. I love that we focus more on spending time together. We are blessed in that nobody really needs anything. Tom’s family used to pick names and do a cousin gift exchange. Lately we don’t see the extended family, but the immediate family started gifting ‘dates’. We started that with my mom, too. Usually a dinner and a show kind of thing where we get together several times through the year to enjoy some quality time and quality entertainment. Not that any of us need extra excuses. We are all lucky that we actually like our family. It’s not an easy time of year for many people. Never forget that even if you are related to horrible people – or life has dealt you an unfair blow, it is not a reflection on you. There is always something to be thankful for. Sometime we have to actively find our joy.
Hope this season brings out kindness in all of us, breaks down walls, and opens hearts and minds.
Happy New Year!
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