Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Christmas at home (and that was all the way last year!)

It's been a whirlwind of activity around here  and we find ourselves in a new year. I will only attempt to give a few snippets here. The holidays have been full of meaningful times with family and friends, more time at home with Jason and the girls, and a renewed gratitude for our woodstove! It's been chilly!!

We did not travel for Christmas and that immediately makes the holidays more enjoyable for me - avoiding highway 81 is a sure way to increase my feelings of well being! Our girls did enjoy a Christmas surprise of my parents joining us for Christmas Eve and part of Christmas day.

It's a relatively new tradition (but a fun one), for each person (or couple if it needs to be condensed) to choose what do for a 1/2 hour of the evening on Christmas Eve. So after Mom treated us to chicken pot pie, we enjoyed coloring together, making holiday pictures where you each draw 1/3 of a creature without seeing what the previous person drew, playing 6 person Rook while enjoying hot drinks and Christmas cookies and putting together a puzzle of the United States and then removing states where we've been or know people.

Christmas morning involved going all out on a Christmas brunch of potato crusted quiches, roasted sweet potatoes with garlic, fruit salad and biscuits and then leisurely opening presents.
There were lots of thoughtful gifts given, but by far the one that has made the biggest impact was Alida's spinny skirt. She had mentioned wanting a spinny skirt and Mom made one for her for Christmas. It is all and more than this gal could have wished for. There's been very few days since then that she hasn't worn it. Here she is trying it out for the first time!

After Terah's nap, I was brave enough to try two baking projects with all three girls. Jason harvested our ginger for the year and another tradition is to make gingerbread with our fresh ginger. We happened also have ONE lemon so we enjoyed fresh gingerbread with lemon sauce. The girls and I also made gingerbread cookies which we enjoyed delivering to a half dozen or so neighbors the following day. I was exhausted by the end of it but it was worth it. It was a fun day being at home all together and was relatively quiet compared to what was to come!

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