Soon, it's time to get the meat and cheeses out to make the platters. I usually buy all of the cheese at the Fry's deli counter, along with all of the meat except the pepperoni and salami which I buy at Smart & Final. But this year, I decided to buy everything but the pastrami, roast beef, turkey, and ham at S&F. That was a mistake. The muenster was dry and sharp. The monterey jack was really good though as well as the provolone. The cheddar was just okay. The havarti was stuck together, even with the papers inbetween. Good thing I'd bought just a single pound of good havarti at Fry's for some odd reason. It came in handy when I just about threw the pre-packed stuff across the room in anger.
Of course, my little Christmas bird house and snowman. It stays out all year, but only gets the lights turned on at Christmas time. I often think about storing it away during the year, but then never know what to put in this space, so I just leave it there.
This is our new Salt Lake City village set. It's got the Church Administration building, the Lion House and Eagle Gate, the Salt Lake temple, the Tabernacle, and the Assembly Hall. I got it for a smokin' deal this year and couldn't pass it up. I also bought the trees at Michaels for 65% off and added strands of mini-mini Christmas lights to them so they would look like the trees on temple square. I really wanted to put our entire village out this year but 1) I never had time and 2) we had the piano tuned so I couldn't have done it anyway until after that was done. It's so much work that I decided it just wouldn't be out long enough to warrant the effort. So, we just got the downtown SLC village this year - and you know...I kinda really liked it that way.
And this is our lovely freakishly lit Christmas tree this year. Only half of the lights worked when Melon Man first put it up. Why? All of them worked when I put it in the box last year. Drat again. Oh well. After working to fix as many as I could, I finally said "screw it" and wove 2 strands of 100 lights on the tree in the dark areas. Looks like I ran a little short a little toward the top, I guess. Oh well, looks way better than it did.