Because our fireplace hearth does not have a mantel, we had a challenging time coming up with where to hang the stockings. As the wood in this house is 258 years old without many holes, we didn't want to add any, so....
One of the highlights was being able to host my whole side of the family for the holiday this year. It was a bit stressful trying to get all the boxes and bins that haven't been unpacked yet put away (or hidden away!), as we've not been here very long. But we had a great time gathering together, and it was the first time we've all been able to eat in one room in a long time. Our dining room comfortably hosted every one, and thanks to tables and chairs lent to us by our friend, we were able to enjoy it together.
The meal was very good, everyone contributing an item or two. As always, my favorite part of the meal was the clam casserole. I could eat a whole pan of it, I fear! There were lots of great things to partake of. We also decided to use the cauldron in the kitchen for a unique purpose, it worked great filled with snow!
Another highlight of our new home is having our very own little skating pond. We're very fortunate enough to have a variety of hockey skates in great shape handed down from "The Cousins", which is what the boys call my in law's children, our nieces and nephews on Music Man's side of the family. So, we shoveled the pond off from the snow that fell before some rain and a streak of warm temps for a couple of days to get a nice solid surface on the pond for skating when it refroze. The boys have been having a great time on it. It's great to see the electronics left behind to have a fun time outdoors!
I'm going to try to find more time to update a bit more often now that we're settling in. We've started the long list of things that we'd like to either renovate or fix in this old home (part of which needs to be the lack of insulation! It's freezing in here!), so I'll have more updates on that as things progress. Happy New Year to you all and stay well!
Hoping for happy in your new year, ~Peacemom