Friday, December 20, 2013

Seasons Greetings ....

The snow lies on the ground, a white lacy tablecloth ... icicles hang from the eaves. We find deer prints in the mornings, they trail through the garden in a wandering path in search of food. Schools break up today and we are counting the sleeps till Christmas with great excitement in our house.

This weekend I'm hoping for a quiet one in which to finish wrapping presents and finally getting started on some holiday baking. Along with my mom's traditional German recipes, which I haven't attempted in a while but really want to make this year, I also found this recipe online last night for Peppermint white chocolate chip cookies - definitely a must try. Anything with candy canes and i'm there, especially in this weather. When I asked Lexi this morning what her favorite cookies are she thought for a moment and then said 'All of them. I like all cookies. I don't know one i don't like.' Atta girl. The apple definitely did not fall far from the tree there. 

While the snow is still on the ground there will be sledding and maybe a snowman and hot chocolate and an afternoon of popcorn and movies (and did i mention cookies?). Saving Mr Banks is out and I can't wait to go and see it - I love Mary Poppins and Disney, so it's on my holiday must see list for sure.

Earlier this week Lexi had her class holiday party at preschool and when I arrived her teacher was finishing reading a story. It's a beautiful book called The Night Tree by Eve Bunting, and it tells the story of a family who decorated a tree outside for all the animals for Christmas Eve. We've been talking about doing the same thing here ... our new house has a beautiful evergreen right at the top of our driveway. The previous owners told us that it was the first tree the original owners of the house had bought for their first Christmas here. They planted it and it's grown into a beautiful huge tree. Instead of lighting it (somehow) I think a tree with bird seed decorations and garlands of popcorn and cranberries will be so much more magical for all of us (and our feathered friends). And something for the deer too of course. In looking for some ideas online for easy suggestions to make with the kids, i found this lovely website which reviews children's books and also has some great creative ideas to go along with themes as you read, but she posted about the same book (see link above) and has some great suggestions on home made bird feeders and edible garlands. I love this recipe for toilet paper bird feeders as well, it's perfect for a 4 year old to make with me.

Image and recipe from The Moffat Girls Blog via Pinterest.

There are some beautiful craft and holiday decoration ideas on Pinterest, did i mention (only 100 times) how much i love this site ? I use it for window display ideas as well and just sometimes at the end of the day, for a bit of visual inspiration to wind down before sleep. It's a beautiful space for daydreaming and recharging. 

So that's what we'll be up to this weekend and over the next few days. We're going to bundle up and stay in and just enjoy some family time together. I'm sure there will be plenty of tantrums and early wine glasses (it's 5 in the world somewhere) but I'm appreciating the good moments when they come, and trying to let the rest of it go without stressing so much. We may not be the perfect family but we can have fun trying !

However you celebrate at this time of year, and where - here's wishing you and yours a festive, beautiful, light-filled and sparkly holiday season.


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