Saturday, December 31, 2011

All I want for Christmas.....

All I want for Christmas...

(well, at this point)

 ... is to blog about it!!!

I've had just the time and energy that I've needed, this year, to get around to all of the Christmassy fun that was to be had - except for blogging!

So, I thought that I'd share just a little wash of what it looked like at our home, this season.

First, there's the hunting for one of our trees - including hide and go seek and hot chocolate with peppermint sticks!

but.... would it be tall enough?

The tradition for the second tree started the first year that we were in this new home and we hadn't found and unpacked our normal ornaments because of uncompleted renovations (that, eventually, happened just in the St. Nick of time!) We huddled in this room as the only place, really, to be in our big house and we made our own makeshift Christmas. Now, we continue the tradition and the boys decorate this tree with our cheery handmade ornaments.

(It's taken me till now to get a picture of it. I've given up on perfect - life keeps moving a titch to fast for that; so... one scraggly Christmas tree and one scruffy little boy - here you go! ;) )

There's another funny little tradition that I forget about every year until it happens again. Somewhere, a week or two into December, I sit down on the couch, after decorating the family room up above, and I see the large and clear moon beaming at me through the frosty bay window and I attempt to get pictures of it. Of course, it's a wonderfully silent and amazing, living experience that I'll never catch on 'film'.)

Our snow, this year, keeps coming and going. Happily, a heavy dusting came on the 23rd. It casts such a beautifully glowing light in through the windows.

Christmas Eve....

Christmas Tea or mulled wine?!

We had dinner on Christmas Eve, this year.

The sight of the pond through the windows, all day and into the evening, was so beautiful!

reading the jokes from the crackers....

"who is the most famous married woman in the US?"

Mrs. Sippi!

(groan! What was really funny was how many times the question popped up! =])

It was so funny to glance back and to see my sister's persimmon pudding (her own recipe) jumping out from the photo of all of Martha Stewart's puddings. (Martha has the perfect brandy sauce to go with it!)

and it was a good blaze, this year! =]

and the house was all aglow....

The only sad thing that I can think of is that, now, we have to wait a whole year for Christmas to come, all over again.....

I don't know if I'll make it!

Happy Holidays to you all and, especially, wishing you a very wonderful next year!!!


Katy Noelle xxoo