No doubt. Salt Lake City is one of the greatest places on earth to celebrate Christmas-- piles of snow, skiing, the lights at Temple Square and one glorious event after another.
Erik arrived home after a week of traveling just in time for the Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. We went with Benny-boy and the lovely Miss M. I've never double-dated with one of my children before but it was surprisingly unawkward and fun.
Sorry, I only have a pic of me and the mister. I know you'd rather see Ben and THE GIRL.
If you've been to one of the Tab Choir Christmas concerts before, you know it is the epitome of Christmas joy. If you haven't, I recommend you beg, borrow and crawl on your hands and knees to obtain entrance. The tickets are free but always in great demand.
They pull out all the stops for this concert-- Broadway singers, dancers, bell ringers, drums, a full orchestra and of course, the choir. Every song was fantastic, but when they sang Henry Longfellow's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" I cried so hard that I soaked my shirtsleeves. You can catch the 2006 performance on PBS Dec. 22nd at 9 p.m. You'll thank me later. I promise.
Saturday, my friend Cindy surprised Mary and I with tickets to the Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's ballet certainly isn't a tear jerker, but I had to wipe my eyes the entire time because I simply couldn't believe I was sitting on the 3rd row with my little girl on my lap. Who knew life could be so impossibly sweet?
We canceled our plans last night and snuggled in for-- in my humble opinion-- the greatest movie ever made: "It's a Wonderful Life." And again, of course, I cried. Haven't all of us felt at time that our life is worthless, meaningless? That we've abandoned our dreams for practicalities? And don't we all pray that, like George Bailey, we truly have made the world a happier place?
And to go with the movie? Candy cane brownies. Which are simply so wonderful they make everyone cry tears of joy.
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
1 cup cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk
1 1/4 c. flour
mix and bake at 325.
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
8 crushed candy canes
mix and frost
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
microwave for 90 seconds stir and pour
sprinkle with a few more crushed canes.