Ahh Christmas. That wonderful time of the year when families get together, decorations and lights go up, and the shopping craze commences! Like many people, Christmas is my favorite holiday because of all the music, lights, laughter, and cookies! I’ve always loved looking at the Christmas lights while driving along, but it warms my heart even more to hear Julia in the backseat saying, “Mom! Do you see those ones! Those are my favorites!” And checking out all the lights right along with me.
I enjoy decorating for the holidays, but living in a dorm style apartment doesn’t leave me much options! Technically, we aren’t supposed to have string lights, but I break that rule every year for Christmas! Our tree is quite mini, only 4 feet tall, and being a young family, we don’t have many personal oraments. But we still love decorating that tree! Last night, Julia helped me by putting hooks on the ornaments and decorating the lower area of the tree.
I was also able to make a Christmas wreath this year! I found the instructions for this wreath here through The Motherload blog. I loved how the ornaments and yarn were so different and played off each other quite well. My end result was great for the front door combined with mini stockings with all of our names.
I can’t wait to make some christmas cookies with Julia this year. I have a feeling I’m going to go all out! I will always remember spending so much time in my Grandmother’s kitchen making every kind of cookie I could think of! Molasses, peanut butter with kisses, peppermint balls, sugar cookies decorated with frosting and sprinkles, and especially the bark cookies. I loved them all. When Julia goes to visit her Grandmother, they spend time making cookies as well and I can’t wait to share that same baking love with her.
I’m so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. John and Julia especially. This Christmas, my goal is to let people know just how much they mean to me. It’s sometimes hard to do, but its something that will “fill people’s buckets” as Julia would say. So, thanks to everyone who has stuck by me through thick and thin. Thanks to the people who put up with my silliness and emotions. Thanks to the people who love me and love Julia. We both love you all and wish you a Very, Merry, Christmas.