Christmas is coming!
And with the busyness of
November and December
I've not had time to blog much at all.
We put up our Christmas tree
on the 25th November,
knowing that we had some busy weekends
coming up in December.
Thanks to our renovations,
this year we could fit in the tree without
major furniture rearrangement.
What a relief.
The tree fits nicely between the
dining and sitting areas.
(and looks stunning at night
when seen from the stairs)
As I hoped last year,
this year I had my own little tree
in my own little craft room.
I love that from the front of the house this tree
looks like the top of a full-size tree,
it's just at the right height!
The craft room is cozy and Christmassy,
Such beautiful Christmas music
has been playing almost constantly
in our home for the last month.
I will miss it so much after tomorrow.
I made over 80 cards,
and finally got them written and posted
in the middle of December.
At last I have stairs
with Christmas greenery!
(something I always wanted!)
Crafts have been made,
although not all I had planned
I made sand art cookie jars for some friends and neighbours.
I love the way they turned out.
I'm very excited that my very own DF and GF
Christmas cookies were a success!
Thanks to Meadow Lea Dairy Free Margarine,
and Orgran GFG Gluten substitute
all sort of things are possible!
Pastry has abounded around here ever since.
We made a gingerbread house,
using the Woolworths Select Gingerbread House Kit
but were very disappointed with the
icing and the taste of it all.
Wishing now that I'd bought the Aldi house.
But at least it looked cute.
We had my parents and aunt
over for dinner and a little concert
(recorders, flute, guitar, whistle, harp, piano, violin)
and finishing with singing carols together,
a lovely night.
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Advent readings have been read,
although all squeezed into this last week.
I'm finding these traditions much harder as the girls get older.
(Homeland on Sunday nights didn't help though,
our one must-see show of the week)
And now it is Christmas Eve.
And, in contrast to former years,
where the girls stood on little chairs
wearing cute aprons
and helping mix the Christmas Cookie dough,
this year the girls are on the front step,
putting on each other's nail polish.
(I don't like the smell in the house)
But now the polish has dried,
the dough is ready to roll
and I will go and help them.
Some things never change, at least!
They love to cut the cookies and
sprinkle on the coloured sugar.
Tonight Santa will come by on the fire truck
and we will have a roast chicken dinner,
our own little Christmas dinner
with church and a
big family celebration tomorrow.
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Wishing you and your family
Photos taken by Fiona & Emily.