Monday, December 10, 2018

15 Days -- ARRRRGH!








15 days till Christmas -- and I am probably more organised/ready for it than I think........ 

BUT

I haven't even started my baking........ le sigh... and am on this side of panic!

On top of that....this weekend was a curl up on the sofa and hurt weekend.... for both of us.  Sir Steve hurt his back last week at work and has been living on Robax and heating pad thingies... I cut back on my meds again..... so I spent the weekend being very emotional -- when I wasn't feeling nauseous or suffering with sweats and muscle cramps.  Sir Steve was amazing though..... both Friday and Saturday nights he ordered dinner in so I didn't have to cook.  (I did manage to roast some potatoes and cook some lamb on Sunday night)

Saturday I pulled all the Christmas gifts out and started wrapping...... to add my greenery 'bows' I had to use a hot glue gun..... I managed to spread hot glue all over my ring finger .. including my engagement ring which heated up and burned my finger.... can I say OUCH!!!? that did me in for Saturday ........

Sunday I got back to wrapping and Sir Steve did the Christmas cards..... we both managed to finish our jobs without any paper cuts or hot glue burns.... could things be looking up????

The gifts are all stacked under the tree -- not the 'Santa' gifts obviously!!  But the family gifts -- the lil one gets family gifts........ 



Life is good when you manage to slowly get the jobs done for the holidays and don't kill anyone (including yourself) 

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Santa XXrated
















Saturday, December 08, 2018

AND ... more traditions








Wayyyyyyyy back when we had so many Christmas Decorations (I am a bit of a shopaholic when it comes to Christmas) they didn't all fit on the tree or in the house.... so I decided we would have 'themed' Christmases... drove my kids/family crazy. 

OF course breaking up the decorations into themes meant we didn't have enough decorations -- so I had to buy more ..... or my favourite - MAKE more.  One theme I remember that my girls HATED was when I decided we would do a 'pioneer' Christmas.  We dried oranges and apples to add to the tree ... I made cross stitch ornaments on unbleached muslin... but the best of all was no store purchased wrapping paper.  I purchased plain brown wrapping paper at the post office and had the girls help me do apple prints all over the paper....... rolls and rolls of paper .... hours and hours of stamping !! 

My girls are used to "Mom's Themed Christmases" by now.  So it didn't really surprise me when youngest daughter asked me at the beginning of November 'so what theme is it this year ??'  

Confession time -- I didn't really have one.............. 

Surfing the net one day I saw this really pretty Christmas package... it was wrapped in paper that looked like birch bark and had greenery and twine used to finish it off... 




EUREKA!  this year's theme was settled......... a Nature Christmas !!  All I had to do was find birch bark like wrapping paper..... make some greenery bows to add to them... and find some 'nature' ornaments to hang on the tree........ Right -- like that was all going to happen!!

Well one day I was at the drugstore picking up some meds and I wandered down the Christmas aisle -- I was just browsing not really looking for anything specific... when good lord!!  what did I find ?? wrapping paper that looked like birch trees on a background of snow!!  it would work!!!  Then -- bitten by the success bug -- I ran to the Dollar Store and hunted for greenery and pine cones that could possibly  -- maybe -- be glued together to make 'bows' for the gifts....... 



One day I sat in the kitchen and cutting the branches off the cheap garland.... separating the pine cones from the garland they came on......... and then hot glue gunning them together to create.............................


a bow!!

One night Sir Steve and I went to the mall to grab a coffee while we waited for the lil one to finish dance class and I wandered into a gift shop that had this sale on last year's Christmas stuff....... and lo and behold found a birch bark candle that would fit into the theme and look gorgeous on the coffee table in the living room........ 



And so my nature themed Christmas is coming together............ Sir Steve and the lil one just smile and nod at my additions........ but who knows .. one day when the lil one is all grown up  she might ask me one November ...... "what's the theme this year S?"

Life is good when the simplest things make memories........ 

Friday, December 07, 2018

Creating New Old Memories




One of the most important memories I have from my childhood Christmases was time ........ going to the Eaton's store downtown and seeing Santa -- riding the Christmas Train .... getting to pick a small christmas toy........ shopping with my grandmother... a family outing to see the shop windows........ 

Then my children came along and the best memories I have with them -- traditions continued -- trips to see Santa... letting them chose one tree ornament to buy and hang on the tree -- gingerbread houses -- Mitten parties at our church.........

 Now I am starting over with a new lil one -- and I realized how important it was to me to continue the family traditions (thinking of the Raggedy Anne doll I bought her this summer)  We have written the letter to Santa -- we all decorated the house and had a TV supper while watching The Grinch... and last night we all got dressed up in our Christmasy clothes and went to visit Santa......... the lil one was absolutely in awe of him this year.  She was terribly serious while she talked to him and apparently told him she hoped he didn't have to work TOO hard.. (it made me smile).... after our visit we bought some new toys that daddy and she will take to the firemen next week for the less fortunate children...... and the last thing we did before heading home ........ I took her to the ornament stall and she got to pick her very own ornament just like "Auntie L and Auntie A" did when they were little.

She had many to chose from -- Elves and reindeer and stars -- Santa Clauses and polar bears..... BUT she was very clear she wanted the one that said "The Joy of Christmas is Family" 

Life is good when traditions are continued and the gift of family and time is important

 

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