Christmas

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I like home-made, simple Christmas decorations best. One snowy Saturday in late November, some friends were over and we took a hike in the woods. We collected pine cones all along the way – it had just snowed, and was no easy feat – cut some cedar boughs from the cedar hedge along our yard, and made some simple decorations.

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Pine cone bunting!

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We have some pretty glass decorations for the tree, but the CATS always BREAK THEM (cats hate Christmas) and I wasn’t up for that, so our tree had about 10 decorations on it. All of which had been given to us, or handmade by friends.

We went without a advent calendar this year, mostly because I want to get an advent set that I love and will last for years. This advent solution is what I like the most so far:

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By Proverbial Daisies.

Hosting truffles

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Everyone always gives wine to the hosts. I wanted to try making a batch of truffles and giving those out instead. My best buddy at work Mirjana and I made plans one Friday to make these up and it was dead easy. Here’s the dairy free truffle recipe we used.  They were delicious.

untitled (2 of 5)I ended up using the truffles as teacher gifts as well. CUTE HUH? Recommendable holiday activity, this truffle making.

 

Lovely Christmas

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We have a Christmas tradition now of a family sing-a long on Christmas Day. It’s very enjoyable. Arguably, this year the most successful tunes were Old Man (Neil) and Tennessee Waltz (traditional). I tried to make everyone sing this song, and everyone did great! Perhaps next year we’ll get into the harmony.

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Last year, many, many, precious vintage and handmade tree ornaments were destroyed by ruckus-ing children and animals. So we’ve packed those ornaments away for 10-20 years, and made our own ornaments this year. We helped my wonderful and very pregnant friend Rachel make dough art ornaments when we were at her house in December, and then ran home and made them ourselves.

untitled (3 of 7) Sooo easy. Very fun to decorate with Eskeroodle Doodle.

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Still have just under a week of vacation! Hoorah! There will likely be a lot of skiing and boardgames. And making things.