Random Last Minute Plans, Wishes, Joys!

‘Twas the Saturday before Christmas! We don’t exchange many gifts or decorate, so we have lots of time to enjoy the quieter rituals of the season. For example, Like Pam wrote about yesterday, there’s always a couple of shop clerks who have joy in their hearts and make the best of a crowded, hectic experience.

The delightful young man we buy our muffins from, at Java Surf, was wearing his Santa hat this morning. He’s always got a warm smile and a kind word, and today we all added Merry Christmas.

Photos of Java Surf, Indialantic
Great muffins!!

At home, over muffs and coffee, we found an awesome version of Santa Claus is Coming To Town, by the so-soulful Lou Rawls. You must hear this jazzy tune:

Our favorite bartender, Jackie at Meg O’Malley’s, treated us to cocktails last night and we treated her right back, as we toasted the season of Goodwill. We put aside our differences on gun control with some of our pub-mates, and hugged all around. (I do wish you all a gun-free Christmas!).

Our “local”, Meg O Malley’s

Today my mother and wonderful nephew are stopping by to see our new condo, and to join us for lunch at the Beachside Cafe, decorated with festive surfboards. Then we’ll walk around our beautifully decorated Downtown and support the local thrift, antique and bookshops.

I gifted myself a fab new/old purse, from the Humane Society Thrift Shop, a black leather mini satchel that looks like this:

Mine’s not a Furla, but it’s fab nonetheless. And $11.

So even for a non-Christmas-y family, there are so many joys this week. I wish a peaceful, blissful, healthy and unforgettable holiday to all of you, dear readers.

Note: We are taking a week off from Visible Monday on Christmas Eve! VM will return on Monday, December 31st, with all our New Year delights.

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  1. Sounds like the perfect day to me! But when the day starts at a place called Java Surf, HOW could it be otherwise? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

  2. I wish you a wonderful Holiday season. Thank you for all you do through the year for those of us of a certain age!

  3. What a wonderful and relaxing way to spend the holidays, Patti. 

    Enjoy your time with family! I am probably not doing or wearing anything exciting for New Years, but will still join in the VM fun nonetheless. 

    Happy holidays! 

    xo, Adrienne 

  4. I am soooooooo jealous of that bag. And your holidays sound lovely and relaxing. We are quietly enjoying some time off, and putting the final touch on wrapping. I will miss you and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

  5. Free cocktails? That's a pretty much perfect start to the holidays!
    Have a Happy Xmas, Patti and see you on the other side! x

  6. Merry X-Mas to you lovely Patti!
    I do love the spirit i wish it was a little more simple here but Mr D loves to do the gift thing-
    But what i like best are the family gatherings and the quiet times with my Mr D
    Love your Java Surf coffee place – it 's so cool

    Ariane xxxx

  7. a beautiful and elegant present, dear patti! i wish you wonderful holidays and look forward to seeing you again on december 31st.

  8. You don't have to spend a fortune or decorate your house to appreciate the spirit of the season – some good cheer and kindness and friendly banter makes for a happy festive season. And a little secondhand shopping too!
    Have a very happy Christmas, Patti. xxxx

  9. Merry Christmas and thanks for your lovely blog. Have a great break and I'll look forward to seeing you back in the New Year. 🙂


  10. What a lovely way to share the end of the year! You don't need all the glitz and glamour, just the right attitude to boost your spirits.
    Best wishes from Down Under…J

  11. Aww, sounds like you all are off to a perfect start of the Christmas season. I don't usually get the warm fuzzies during this time of year, but it's been so nice and full of friends and good times I can't help but feel in the spirit.

  12. Sounds like your holiday is going great!!  Love the tiki man Java Hut place for muffins!!  Great leather satchel, too! 

  13. Sounds like you're right in the Holiday spirit, Patti!  Enjoy the festivities, and see you back on the 31st!

  14. Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate the season! We're pretty minimalist with our Christmas too but find many ways to savor the season.

  15. We are pretty low-key here, too, and I already bought my own Christmas present also! I saw a framed photograph by a local photographer and just had to have it.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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