And we're back!

It's been a busy couple of days, and I'm *still* sick (no one ask me to talk please), but some people have been threatening to take over the posting of magical moments if I didn't get back on it... so here I am! I'm so thrilled and honored how taken people have been with the "magical moments." I've been getting emails and texts from lots of readers with magical moments they have witnessed, and I love it! I love hearing about the small things that make people take notice, pause, and enjoy. Over the next week I'll be sharing some of them with you...

This past weekend was a busy, fun-filled, party-laden, magical couple of days. Friday night we had Doug's corporate office party. It was actually a catered affair in the office (a start-up in tough economic times, and all that) and it was looking like it was going to go off without a hitch... until the power went out several hours before the party was to start. Everyone was dispatched to go buy as many candles as they could... no small feat considering the whole area was without power! The bad roads caused the caterers to be late, and the elevators weren't working so the party guests were responsible for bringing the food in. The CEO of the company had to run home to get a battery powered iPod player for music. But when all was said and done, you looked around and saw a room full of people having a great time! The atmosphere was wonderful - there was tons of candlelight, low music, good food, and great conversation. Truly magical. It was the first holiday party for the company, and it was astounding to realize that a year ago, none of these people were celebrating together, and this weekend they were all chatting and laughing like old friends. I'm sure it's a party no one will forget for a while...

Then the next night, we went to the 3rd Annual "Merry Madness" party. Fort the past three years, our friends Jen and Greg host a holiday party to find the "definitive" holiday song. Using a patented algorithm, the guests' favorite 64 songs are matched head-to-head where they duel it out... until only one is left standing. (In case you were wondering, the winner was Andy William's "It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year.") It was an absolute blast! The highlight of the party, for me, was ironically not the music. It was when the frosted sugar cookies came out. Every year, for as long as I've known her (which is over 10 years), she's made holiday sugar cookies... complete with all-out frosted decorations. They're the perfect sugar cookies - chewy & sweet. I'm literally drooling sitting here thinking of them... they are definitely one of my magic moments of the season. It's not often that you have a moment that takes you back to your childhood so vividly that you think you are going to see the chartreuse appliances in your mom's oh-so-vogue 70's kitchen when you open your eyes after savoring your first bite. These cookies do that. They're that good. And not only do they taste good - you never get full eating them! What's better than that?! Oh wait. I know. Having the whole platter brought over to you to pick from so you don't have to get off the scary stool you were sitting on.... heaven.

I also used the party as a platform to introduce new holiday music to the group. Spread a little knowledge about those songs that you don't hear 17 times a day... including my newest favorite group — Straight No Chaser. Want a smile, a little chuckle, a little holiday cheer?! Then you must watch this video. It's my definitive, and most definitely favorite, holiday song of the year:

ps - I'm hoping this post still makes sense when I read it tomorrow, without the influence of Nyquil!