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
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