Christmas this year was busy. But isn’t it every year?
I always tell myself I’m going to simpify the season. I have yet to be successful at this.
Busy as it was, it was wonderful as well.
We had family over, so there were extra presents under the tree, and lots of good memories being made.
Our reenactment of the nativity was chaotic and really funny this year. It involved Natalie playing Mary (and dumping baby Jesus out of the manger), and a sword fighting ninja shepherd named Reid. I’m putting nativity costumes on my to make list for next year. We’ve been using towels for too many years.
The boys left cookies for our Elf on the Shelf as well as Santa. We learned that elves shed glitter when they eat cookies! ;)
The boys were split on what our Elf’s name should be. Owen decided on Jack. The day after, Red changed his name to Red Phantom. haha…I have no idea how he comes up with this stuff.
But…our elf is a peace maker so he goes by both. ;)
He’s also well behaved. No dips into the sugar bin for this guy.
We didn’t just get some snow, we got A LOT of snow.
We measured 6-8 inches inches, and after we measured, we got more. :)
Natalie was sick for all of Christmas, poor thing. A couple days later, she seemed to be on the mend, so I suited her up and let her experience her first snow.
She was fine at first, and even snacked on it.
Once her hand froze though…she was done.
Speaking of Natalie, she is 9 months!…and walking (a few steps), clapping, and waving. It’s hard to believe she gets around on those tiny legs. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in spunk. She gets into EVERYTHING and is one tough little cookie.
Back to Christmas…
We made 26 snowflakes for Newtown.
The National PTA is going to create a winter wonderland for the students at Sandy Hook Elementary. You can help by making 26 snowflakes and mailing them to them.
For more information and an address of where to send the snowflakes, see this post from MADE.
I was about, oh three days late, but we made bread for our neighbor gifts. I figure, after all that sugar, a nice loaf of bread is most welcome.
I used my favorite bread recipe. As the name implies, it really is the best bread ever. :)
This is about half of our batch of breads. Believe it or not but I planned to make even more! I think I believe in myself more than I should sometimes.
And that was our Christmas. Phew!
Well, almost. I still have two more Christmas projects in the queue that I just don’t think can wait until next year.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday. How was it? Did you see snow too?