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A Magical Christmas Tree, Wine, and Shrimp

Hello friends!

Shockingly, it is T-day and I have a short post.  Finally got the Christmas tree done and one package under it - I better get the others wrapped before anyone comes over!

We lost three tubs of oraments again.  The last 3 of 5 years it has happened.  My kids use our storage areas as well so things get moved around.... I just hope they were not donated....  I had just about decided not to do a tree when one of my daughters suggeted a Harry Potter tree.  She went on Amazon and ordered plastic cauldrons, eyeglasses, feathers, owl, trains, and gold balls.  It was fairly reaonable.  I found a few more ornaments at Walgreens (strange but true) and used our Halloween skelly and a fairy my SIL sent us.  The end result is super fun even if a bit quirky.  I am a big Harry Potter fan so it works for me, and hubby even likes it (or says he does).  Some say it doesn't fit into Christmas, but they celebrated Christmas in the HP movies, and it is a good versus evil plot with true hearts and love winning in the end. 

Since it is T-day and I want to hang out with the T-day gang over at Elizabeth's, I have the wine at hubby's birthday dinner to share.

It is a Portillo Malbec.  We ate at Bonefish grill which is hubby's favorite restaurant.  He really only likes the one in Mobile, but we were not about to drive 6 hours there and back for dinner - lol.  Of course, we had the Bang Bang Shrimp - the best thing on their menu.  We had fabulous service, but the shrimp is better in Mobile (being located on the water right next to the shrimp helps). 

My wish for you this holiday:  stay safe, grab your family and friends and hold them close even if just in your heart, and may you focus on true meaning of the season. 




  1. A really wonderful, a bit quirky indeed, but fun. Everyone should make Christmas way they like to :)
    I wish you and yours very happy, joyful Holidays. Stay safe and enjoy xx

  2. That is a unique tree- I was immediately drawn to the owls on it- love them. Whatever brings you delight, that's what counts and if it's HP then so be it:)
    A very nice birthday dinner- happy birthday to hubby!
    Happy T day, and a Merry Christmas too!

  3. Harry Potter definitely included several exciting Christmas scenes, both in books & movies. So I think your tree is perfect. Having a fresh start is a great opportunity, I think (though I have never had a tree myself, I do love to see what people do with them). Have a wonderful Christmas.

    best... mae at

  4. What a shame about the tree ornaments. It's hard to lose things like that which are used every year over so many years. I hope they turn up next year.

    Happy T Tuesday!

  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tree. Harry Potter is a great theme, and very fitting as the HP books are all about love, friendship, loyalty and standing up for what is good and right! I lose everything which I put down into my basement. It's like the Bermuda hole, things hide in the darkness and down there and don't get seen again! Have a happy Christmas with your family, hugs, Valerie

  6. Hi Nancy, I love your tree-and if it brings happiness that is all that matters-It is really beautiful. I hope you didn't lose your boxes of ornaments.
    The birthday meal sounds delicious.
    Merry Christmas and Happy T hugs Kathy

  7. I love the idea of a Harry Potter tree, especially Hedwig on top. It must be frustrating that your boxes of ornaments keep getting relocated. But this is fun and something unique. Bang Bang shrimp sounds great. I long bang-bang sauce on chicken and even beef too. Now I want some myself-smile. Have a fantastic holiday Nancy, and happy T day too. Hugs-Erika

  8. Your tree is wonderful, Nancy. I have never seen a HP film or read a HP book, but I sure like your tree anyway.

  9. Sorry about that, Nancy. My cat decided to help by hitting the publish button. I think your home should reflect what makes you happy and if that HP tree makes you happy, that is what is important.

    Your restaurant looks good. I personally would like to try the Chilean sea bass or the shrimp scampi, the fish choices I go with when they are on a menu. That wine sounds good, too.

    Thanks for sharing your tree, your trip to the Bonefish grill, and your husband's wine with us for T this Tuesday, dear. Merry Christmas to you, too.

  10. Snap! I have lost my ornaments too. In fact, I have lost all my stuff including the nativity scene and decorations.
    Your shrimp dinner looks delish. Do you like eating with chopsticks? I have tried it a few times but am not good at it at all. The wine sounds good. It's Argentinian but I can't say that I remember drinking it. In the UK I often chose Argentinian wine as it was cheaper than Californian or Australian wine.
    I had to smile at your tree. You are all going to get so much pleasure out of this one. You can look at it for a long while and still discover things. I am not a HP fan, but for those who do it is a great idea. I have another blog friend who is a HP fan and she also does a HP tree.
    Greetings from sunny Spain,
    Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2022 to you and yours.

  11. It is fun to see a tree decorated in a theme like yours. We no longer put up a tree and I gave any meaningful orniments to my daughters. I enjoy visiting them at Christmas and seeing the ornaments that once hung in our home. Have a wonderfull Christmas and enjoy the coming New Year.

  12. You tree is amazing. Love all the fun stuff on it. Have a very nice Christmas.

  13. Yours is the best Christmas tree I have seen! How fun - yes, quirky, but that is a good think. I wouldn't care if it fits into Christmas or not, it is YOUR tree and those "some" can have their own "more fitting" Christmas tree.
    I love shrimp and I wonder what Bang Bang shrimp are - I guess something really delicious.
    Have a lovely Christmas, Nancy, and thank you for your kind words on my blog.

  14. Your tree is beautiful Nancy, I hope your hubby had a super Birthday and enjoyed his Birthday meal.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  15. What a fun idea to have a Harry Potter tree - I did wonder why there was a skeleton there until I read the post lol. Festive Wishes and Happy T Day Elle/EOTC xx

  16. Bless you Nancy and thanks for sharing your Christmas 🎄


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