This was a quiet Christmas for us. We had a wonderful dinner with some friends Christmas day. we both worked New Years' eve (but were both home by midnight, and got to hear all the cars in Hollywood honking and a few gunshots as well).

Tim's mom passed away last year in December, so those memories came back this christmas; the silver lining is that, at Barbara's funeral, Tim asked me to marry him....a total surprise to me! So last Christmas, we became engaged. My engagement ring was my present. This wedding, which will be a small one, is at a date still to be determined.

We burned candles through the night to celebrate the holiday. The red thing is a poinsettia petal which I put on the candle holder.

We decorated the tree and managed to break an ornament (shown here) by flailing around with the vacuum cleaner.

Silver stuff. Love it. Everyone's into mercury glass now, but I've had this beautiful thing for many years.......you can't see the glow through it from the candle in this photo, but it's just one of our lovely little things that makes my heart happy.

We always had a real tree growing up and the smell of the pine needles is something Christmas doesn't feel right without...so I got a little tree from the Jon's market on the corner which cost me 15.99. Sweet!

I was going to put together cards for the season...first for Christmas, then for the New Year. I'm still working on it.

It is a beautiful new year.

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