Christmas Prep

My family is mostly enjoying the preparations for Christmas. Today, I mailed the
last of six boxes full of gifts to distant friends and relations. Postage cost about $125- this year, even after using three USPS Flat Rate Boxes. The staff in Sun’s Menlo Park Campus mail room helped me with box sizes until we found the cheapest rates.

We don’t have a Christmas tree yet. We are thinking of buying a live tree and then donating it to Our City Forest for planting in January. We hosted the Silicon Valley Lines Model Railroad Club annual holiday party last week. Tonight, we host the
Spiral holiday dinner party. We will also host Christmas dinner, a party to celebrate my daughter Jessica’s 21st Birthday and Engagement, plus New Year’s Eve. In addition to our own celebrations, my husband John Plocher has been helping Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) with their holiday events and food distribution. I have been working on the St. Andrew’s Medical Assistance (SAMA) Christmas craft sale of goods from the Holy Land.

Busy times!

Waiting for food at SMUM

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Filling SMUM food boxes

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In the SMUM food line

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Office building window lights

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Neighborhood Deer Lights

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Our house – train lights with the moon

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Christmas night lights

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Same house during day

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Flat daytime Santa

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SAMA mother of pearl

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SAMA sale

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SAMA sale – camels

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SAMA sale

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SVL party train

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Christmas cockatiels

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SMUM Santa

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SMUM Christmas

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Images Copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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