Christmas Decorations

Grace is getting in the Christmas mood already and wanting to decorate the house!  She loves everything pretty and shiny and gaudy.

In fact, the more gaudy the better for her. 🙂  Anyway, she started yesterday!

Her pretty paper chain hanging over the doorway in the kitchen.

She added ribbon around the stairway light switch.

It makes it “prettier.”  🙂

I’ll be adding more and more decoration pictures when she/we do more.

I’m trying to hold her off until after Thanksgiving. . . trying.

Soft Pretzels #2 . . .

The top picture is my husband hanging
some candy canes on the tree.
He likes to do things behind the scenes.

This evening he rolled out these soft pretzels
and shaped them like they are.
The middle pan is before they were baked.
The bottom pan is after and WoW! 
Did they get HUGE!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love
this man?  He is totally awesome!!

In The Bleak MidWinter

In The Bleak MidWinter by Christina Rosetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

I absolutely LOVE this song.  It was posted on a homeschool blog where the children were going to copy it and I’m thinking that is a good idea for today.  While in college we sang a beautiful arrangement of this song.  I wish I knew who arranged it or that I could find that particular arrangement sung by someone else.  IF I find it, I’ll repost it on here.  

Merry Christmas!

Oh Christmas Tree!

 Tree with our lame lights this year.
It’s sad, but we will fix it after we’re done this year.
 Yesterday I added beads, ribbons and the angel.

 The kids worked on decorating the tree this afternoon.
 Ryan trying to find some ornaments to put on the tree.
 All the ornaments on the tree.
Yay kids! 🙂
They did pretty good.
I did put some near the top.
It looked bare up there.
 Sepia toned.
Black and White. 
I will be posting some of my favorite
ornament pictures another day.
We love the tree and house all decorated! 🙂

Re-arranged Living-room

 Sorry for the blurry picture.  This is from the entryway
into my livingroom where the couch used to be.
 This is the other end of the livingroom.
Tv, book case and other things.
 This is where the bookcase stood, now it’s wall to wall
couch. 🙂  It’s a big couch!
 Here’s the little nook place where the tv and end table were.
Now it’s holding the bookcase and a couple tables. 
I’m not good at re-arranging furniture. 
Not good at all.
 Sitting on the couch looking to the other end of the room.
Our tree will be where that box is sitting.
Eric had a nightmare of wires to get connected again.
I’m glad he did it, because I have NO clue! 🙂
 Grace wanted me to take a picture of her on the couch.
The boys are hiding under the blankets.
They were the underpants twins.
The Christmas tree is still sitting on the floor, except for the bottom
part of the tree.  Our pre-lit tree seems to have an entire row of lights out
and we have no idea which light is out (or what the problem may be).
So, our living-room is waiting to be decorated for Christmas.
Part of it anyway.
It’ll probably take us the week to get this place all full of Christmas cheer,
but we’ll work on it from time to time!  Not much else to do while
snowed in for a bit! 

Christmas Food Traditions

Do you have foods around Christmas time that you don’t usually have any other time of year?  We do!  When Eric and I married, he shared family traditions that have become our own!  

We usually buy a bag of mixed whole nuts to crack and eat whenever.  We are changing this tradition this year.  There are usually SO many walnuts (not always our favorite nut), so this year we are getting pistachios!  LOVE those things!  

Eric’s mom makes cheeseballs.  I’ve been trying different cheeseball recipes through the years.  Some are hits and some are misses!  Today I’m going to make a cheeseball with some hotsticks mixed in and it’s going to be rolled in almond slivers.  Should be interesting.  I’m not sure what else I’m adding.  Time will tell!

Each year we stuff a box of chocolates under the couch and eat them whenever.  Even the kids do.  We get this one box of chocolates from Walmart every year.  It has some ok chocolates.  We always race to eat our favorites.  The kids like this too.  Funny how we all hate the same ones! 🙂

Each year Eric and I make caramel/nut filled turtles.  It’s something we do every year and it’s fun to work with my man on this project!  I might have posted something on those last year.  

Other things we have around are candy canes -always hanging on the tree  to eat whenever, hot chocolate, fruits and other tasty treats.  I really need to go shopping soon so we can have all these things in to snack on!  I made my list over the weekend and look forward to filling our house with tasty treats!  


Today we started our Advent devotional and activities! I don’t know if THIS link will work, but it’s a pdf file with 25 strips that have verses/Scriptures to read and a craft to do each day until Christmas. We’ll do one each day and I am quite excited about it! We also have a Nativity coloring page and I am having the kids color one person/animal or whatever until Christmas.

Just had to share!