First we enjoyed a lovely late luncheon at the Inn, followed by our traditional Santa Swap (amid much hilarity).
The more energetic staff members then trekked through a muddy “hard hat” tour of the new village area under construction. I stayed in one of the cars and chatted with a very pregnant colleague.
For the finale we adjourned to the House for the Candlelight Evening Tour. The care and planning that goes into making such magic is impressive! Every detail was perfect. The decorations are incredibly lovely. The massive tree in the banquet hall is straight from a fairytale.
Things are made even more enjoyable by the Biltmore House employees. They are — without exception — warm, welcoming, competent, and helpful.
It made for a satisfying day filled with great company and great beauty everywhere one turned.
I did the house tour in a wheelchair, since there was no way I could walk that much yet, and still, I am beat! I’m looking forward to getting back some stamina over the next couple of weeks.
I’m really glad I went, even though I’ll be especially sore and tired tomorrow. I’ve missed my colleagues more than I knew.
The whole day made for a joyful start to the Christmas Season.