December 11, 2014

A Kentucky Christmas Luncheon

You are in for a treat today! I am sharing a Christmas luncheon with some of my best-est friends. The hostess asked me to bring my camera, which translates into my taking lots of pics. And we know that I love to take photos.
Before I go any further, let me give you some background info about us. We are a group of girls ladies who have been getting together for years. We try to gather once a month...though it is hard because we are such busy people. Most have retired from their former jobs...but are busy with all kinds of things. Travel. Grandchildren. Spouses. Etc.  Most of all...we are a circle of dear friends.  Our group has been through loss of spouses, personal issues, health issues, etc. as people do, and we are always there month after month to hug and support each other. 

We do fun things like go to plays, or movies, or out to eat, or sometimes we meet at someone's home and just eat and talk. Most of all...we just like being together because we just like being together. I live further away from my buddies since our move, and find it harder to make some of the activities. I always hate to miss because I love the smiles, the hugs, and the unconditional love.

So, let us move on to the pics of decorations.
Our hostess went over the top for us this year!

We were greeted by fun characters on the back porch as we arrived. The way the driveway is situated it is easier to go in the back door.
You know, back door friends are best! 
Our hostess had the porch dressed to the nines, as well as the interior.

This is the Christmas tree that greeted us just inside the back door. Lovely and fun!
I am shooting into the light, so there are a few shadows, 
but you can see how pretty this flocked Christmas tree is.
And here is another arrangement in the back entry.

A Frosty that does not melt!
These green velvet reindeer were a hit with us.
A fun centerpiece! the red plaid!

Fun and whimsical serving pieces!

 We began the afternoon with beverages and nibbles. Each of us brought a dish of food to share...and all of the food was yummy. 
We have a group of great cooks. The hubby of our hostess played chef and served us blackened salmon. It was delicious! Others brought salad, appetizers, and desserts. Wow,we do love food!
(Hubbys often get drafted to help out when their wife is the hostess.)
The table is set with family crystal and china.

After lunch everyone found a comfortable seat in the living room to continue the chatting and fellowship. 

The  house of our hostess dates back to the early 1900s. She and her hubby have worked on their house for many years making it a lovely and comfortable family home.
And another lovely Christmas tree. 
(I am thinking Christmas card picture.)
Our hostess "decked the halls" for us to enjoy.

We had a nice warm fire on the cool overcast Kentucky day.
I think this picture would make a great Christmas card too.

It is wonderful to have a close knit group of friends who give unconditional love and support. We are not childhood buddies...but rather later in life buddies. ha!  Our group has quite a few gray hairs, whether you see them or not, but that does not slow us down one bit. 

Whether we are physically in the room with each other or not, we are there in spirit. We pray for each other during good times and bad. I can only wish that each of you has a group of friends who can stand by you in good times and bad. Even in bad times...we can get together and laugh or cry. Sometimes the laughing leads to crying! We have had a couple of our group move to other places, but they stay in our email circle as well as our hearts.
 We concluded our afternoon with a mitten exchange and an agreement to remember each other in our prayers and thoughts this Christmas.

One more thing...
One of our group made these hot chocolate ornaments for each of us to take home. 
Are these not the cutest?! 
The contents of one ornament will make one cup of hot chocolate. She said that she got the idea from Pinterest, so check there if you want the instructions.

We wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, 
and a lovely bunch of friends!

Thanks so much for spending a few minutes of your day here.

Until the next time,

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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