So, even though all of the above mentioned, plus more, has been around, I've been doing fine. I have been able to allow myself two chocolate covered cherries or one piece of peppermint bark, and then let them go. Maybe it's knowing that I can and will have them anytime I choose again? I'm not sure but it has been working out very well for me up to the point where I've had a couple days with no extras at all.
Christmas Day went very well, even with the extra people. I even figured out how to get everyone seated in my tiny "dining room." It's sort of funny to me that I was so super stressed in the days leading up to this. The seating was really worrying me a lot and out of nowhere on my drive home from work Christmas Eve, I figured out what to do. If I have this same group next year, I'm sure I won't feel stressed in the least.
Getting everyone a seat meant I was able to use my beloved Christmas china (rather than paper plates), except for 1 plate. I planned to use the non-matching, but still pretty plate myself but sweet, independent Gracie claimed that plate as soon as she saw it. She was actually proud that she had the only peacock plate lol!
We had our usual meal of a tenderloin roast with gorgonzola sauce, brown sugar cured spiral ham, our special holiday potatoes, spoon bread, rolls, green beans almondine, Caesar salad, and blueberry salad. To say we dined sufficiently would be an understatement. I also made my usual champagne cocktail that several of us enjoyed.
This year, for the first time in forever, I did not receive one piece of jewelry or new bottle of perfume. That was a bit my doing though. About 2 months ago, my food processor didn't want to work unless you pushed down on the bowl while it was on. Something broke in the mechanism that was created as a safety feature so it didn't think the bowl was seated properly. I found the receipt for it while cleaning files and turns out, it was 20 years old! I'd say I got my money's worth. So, I had put that on my list, along with a new product called the Ninja Coffee Concierge. It's a machine that will either brew a pot of coffee or a travel cup or a smaller cup. This appealed to me because sometimes I just want one cup of coffee after dinner or on a cold Saturday afternoon. I know a lot of people have gone to Keurig but we drink too much coffee to make that cost effective. I had also asked for new running shoes, and a new led nail light as I've been doing my own gel nails for a few years now. Well, between Mr. Helen and Little Helen, I got them all! Plus I received a bunch of other smaller items and the aforementioned seasonal candies I love. While it might have been the year of practical, I was every bit as happy as if I'd been given a diamond.