Day 2 of Christmas Break, and almost all of the shopping is done. The wonderful thing about having grown children is that they they don't seem to want much in the way of "things". They're learning that it's more important to have family together for that day. (Or maybe it's that they'd just rather have money.) At least, MS & YS are that way. We'll see about OS...he's always very anxious to open a present on Christmas Eve!
I've cut back on how much baking/candy making I'm doing this year. The cut-out cookies, "air" cookies, peanut butter cups, peanut butter fudge, bourbon balls, and 2 batches of Texas Millionaires are done. I still have 1 more batch of air cookies and Texas Millionaires to do, as well as chocolate covered cherries. I tried Kolaches the other day, but they didn't turn out right. They tasted good...they just weren't right. So, maybe I'll try again after Christmas. I'm convinced Mama couldn't get hers to turn out & that's why she made cinnamon twists & Hungarian Coffeecake out of the same dough.
A friend posted this on Facebook, and it pretty much sums up how I feel right now:
I thought the baking, shopping, and wrapping would help, but...no. This Christmas is hitting me harder this year than last year. The choir had our concert (Advent Lessons and Carols) on Sunday night. It was beautiful. There is one song that the choir sang acapella that was absolutely gorgeous. I had tears in my eyes by the time they finished & could definitely feel my mom's presence.
Okay...enough of that! After reading Knit by God's Hand's post, I also realized I haven't shared my new ornaments from this year.
From our last year's visit to The Keys:
I love this mama & her baby!
From our Outer Banks Trip in July:
I've started trying to find an ornament to support the local artists. I thought this one was beautiful:
I almost got out of Texas without an ornament! It was a good thing we ran back by the warehouse before I left!
This was what I got through the ornament swap at our SLP Meeting: (just adorable!)
This definitely isn't new, but it is one of my favorite decorations:
Our tree this year:
I hope that everyone has a very happy and safe Christmas!