12.24.2009

Busy Little Bees


We've been busy little bees around here these last few weeks. Projects, surprises, cookies, skiing, advent spiral, crafting, shoveling, caroling and wrapping have filled our days. I loved every moment of it, except the occasional punching and screaming that is.

I used to feel sad and let down after Christmas was over but last year we resolved to keep the magic alive. Nothing fancy though. No extra presents. No Christmas II. More just the feeling of peace and joy that should fill our hearts this time of year but often gets stomped down by the commercialism of it all. We decided to fill the nights of the 12 days of Christmas, the days between Christmas Eve and Epiphany with simple pleasures. We dined by candle light all but 2 nights, re-watched Christmas movies, played games in our pajamas and there we found an inkling of that joy we all seek. It was found not in sparkling bows, battery driven toys and lcd tvs but rather a cup of hot coffee, a good laugh and the soft twinkle of candle light. Please join my family as we attempt to bring simple joy back to this holiday gone mad. Of course if you happen to be by on Christmas you'll find boys on a sugar high, playing with race tracks while we sit drinking champagne but the days after that is where the magic can happen. Don't feel let down rejoice in your loved ones and then put them to bed.

Today we donated 50 cans of food to the Salvation Army, we wanted to donate to the Food Bank but they appeared closed forever. We also brought in 7 boxes of candy canes and they seemed so happy to have them. It was a nice to donate every one seemed happy to be there and they also had a shopping area set up for parents to pick out presents for their kids. It was a fantastic experience for the boy-ritos all the way around. When we got home I gave them each a felt candy cane for their ornament this year.

We have been baking cookies

learning to sew little dwarfs

needle felting anything that sits still long enough

making yarn dolls

playing in the snow

making magnets from a wooden puzzle that was missing a piece

wrapping presents

taking too many pictures of the Christmas tree and the beautiful door to my bathroom(OK and the collection in the bathroom in the Hoosier cabinet )

and of course watching the angel chimes!

The Buche de Noel is rolled and ready for chocolate butter cream, mmmmm. Everything appears to be done. We have a can of dog food to wrap for Kami and some dog bones too. I guess what I'm wondering is: What am I missing? Is Friday going to dawn and I'll have forgotten some huge thing? Possibly but then I'll have to wing it, thankfully I'm used to that.

Peace and Love,



While waiting for the foodbank to open we found this charming little ice sculpture castle garden on the town green

8 comments:

  1. wow 50 cans that is amazing. love all of the craft ideas.. I use to have a yarn doll.

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  2. Here is hoping you have the happiest of Christmas and the most prosperous of New Year....

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  3. Love the bathroom door. At least you have one, my sister in law lived in a place that had two door ways, one went outside, that one didn't have a door.

    Merry Christmas! Lots of lovely decorating goin on over there.

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  4. I want to live w/ you!!!!!! This sounds like my ideal Christmas!

    Congrats on the 50 "items!" (hehe I had a hard time sticking to cans, too) Wow, look at you go! I wish I'd thought of dried beans - fantastic idea!

    I love the dwarfs and the creativity of using up the dino puzzle! Also, can I have your door!???

    Merry Christmas Laura! :)

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  5. You're not missing a thing (except the gift I sent you). It all sounds so prefect- that's what Christmas is all about.

    Merry Christmas!

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  6. Sounds like you are having a perfect holiday. Must be that Alaska thing. Happy Christmas to your family and looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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  7. Hi Laura,
    :) I'm so happy to have 'met' you! Merry Christmas! What a great thing, to donate all the canned goods.. it will mean so much to those who receive them. Wow.. the pics of Alaska you hav posted are amazing! God's country if ever I have seen it! I'm sure it must be difficult, but my oh my.. it is so gorgeous up there. I love your bio, and I will be back to glen more fabulous tidbits!
    xoxo~
    Abbie

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  8. See, you knew I'd get there eventually :) Thanks for the encouragement to not let the Christmas spirit die once the paper is tossed and presents are opened! Happy new year!

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