Christmas Lunch With Mom

Since we are not going to be home for Christmas this year because we are going to Colorado to spend Christmas with our kids and grandkids, and my mother was feeling down about not being able to come “home” for Christmas this year, I decided I would take a Christmas lunch to the Care Center to share with her today.

The timing was perfect, because today was the big annual father/daughter Christmas cookie baking day at our house. My husband, Bill, and daughter, Shantel, were up very early getting everything ready for the big baking day event. The kitchen-aid was poised at the ready along with measuring cups and mixing bowls.


All the ingredients were lined up and waiting. What organization they have… 🙂


Bill and Shantel were so excited to get started. God bless their little sweet hearts… those two LOVE baking their Christmas cookies.


I had already decided I just needed to leave the house, and kitchen, to them for the day so I wouldn’t be stressed out by the baking frenzy, or the usual big mess that goes along with it… 🙂

So, I got myself ready, and left the house at 8:00 a.m. to head out to the stores for a fun-filled day of “window shopping.” I went to several different stores and just spent the entire morning looking, touching, and just taking in all the beautiful sights and sounds of Christmas.

Then, at 11:00 a.m. I went to Jason’s Deli to pick up the Christmas lunch I ordered for my mother and I, and  headed over to the Care Center where my mother was waiting for me all dressed up in her read jacket and new Christmas scarf she got from her “secret Santa.”


I took a picture of my mother by the Christmas tree in the activity center as she was trying to sing “ho, ho, ho, who wouldn’t go…


Then we sat down to a tasteful lunch. My mother wanted ham and swiss cheese with baked chips and a “real” coke, not diet… She said it was the best ham sandwich she’s had in a long, long, time because they don’t get food like that in the Care Center dining room.


I surprised her with a chocolate nut brownie for desert but she said she was too full and would save that for later tonight.


I gave my mother her Christmas gift by the beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the lobby. She said she loved it and thanked me for taking the time to bring lunch to her and making her day feel like Christmas. I wished her a very Merry Christmas, we hugged, said our good-byes, and I told her I would see her when I get back from Colorado.


When I returned home Bill and Shantel had mounds of Christmas cookies on the dining room table all ready to pack up and take to Colorado. These are the famous Neiman-Marcus cookies they make every year. I can’t eat them but everyone that does eat them rave about how good they are.


These are the next favorite, Ginger Cookies. Again, people who eat these always come back for more… 🙂


They also made a batch of Five-Minute Fudge from a Rachel Ray recipe that everyone says is “to die for…”

I’m so happy that Bill and Shantel enjoyed their annual Christmas cookie backing day, and that my mother and I had a nice Christmas lunch together… And, I’m very happy that my kitchen was absolutely spotless when I got home.. Just the way I like it!


Hey, maybe I do love Christmas cookie baking day’s after all… 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katsbynp
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 04:21:02

    Looks like everyone had a fun day! Wishing you and your family a Merry and Blessed Christmas. Have a wonderful time in Colorado


  2. gotham girl
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 21:19:38

    Well having experienced this with you I know how much you enjoyed getting away and having some much needed time to yourself! xoxo What a saint Bro is!!!


    • beyondcinderella
      Dec 31, 2013 @ 22:15:25

      YES Frissy… Bro is a SAINT and I would not be surprised if he isn’t canonized a SAINT one day…Perhaps many years from now when someone reads my blog and realizes a true SAINT lived among us… XoXo


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