Here they are, in the order mentioned above:
Cheese Ball - cream cheese, herb/garlic goat cheese, cheddar, tabasco, and pecans.
Peppermint Shortbread Bars, from The Kitchn
And of course, Cranberry Bread as always.
We were really very productive and efficient - all of the above plus grocery shopping was finished by 3:30pm or so. That left plenty of time for some decorating. First, the extraordinarily all-inclusive Nativity Scene.
And then some of the old stand-bys for the Christmas Tree (or Christmas Bush, all grown up):
Our favorite bicycling related ornament. There are many.
Hand crafted in the Old World European style. In Romania.
Merry Christmas to All!