Oh, the beverages were amazing!
This is a photo of her mulled wine (shot outdoors to show off the steam). It is from a German recipe and was quite delightful. After I sampled the wine, I also tried the buttered rum. I had never had buttered rum before, but I'm pretty sure she nailed that recipe. I have found a new favorite holiday drink. It was like Christmas in a glass.
With 7 of us there, it didn't take long to decorate her tree. She had already done the hard part by getting the tree up and lit (she shared the saga all week at work -- it gave her a fairly hard time). After all the glass ornaments were on, my friend did the honors of putting the star on top. I think her tree turned out lovely.
Dad is getting better and should be going home tomorrow from what Mom tells me. I'm still coughing and dealing with chest congestion, so I didn't go to visit today like I had originally planned.
I must get going on some Christmas shopping. I haven't done anything at all yet. Usually I am almost done with buying or making gifts by now. I am finally feeling the festive spirit so I'll have to kick it into high gear to get everything done in time.