My German mother brought the tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve to our household...so how do you surprise a little girl and get presents under the tree on Christmas Eve? You take her out to look at the Christmas lights!! To this day, it was one of the 'most fun' things we do around town---just drive around and look at the lights! I hope the tradition never goes away......it feels so 'happy' to me....I love to see how everyone does it, what colors they use, what yard things they place. I know the whole world doesn't celebrate Christmas, but the customs around this holy time are incredibly important to me.
|My youngest daughter's guiding light: Polaris|
We're watching her(the dog) while she (my daughter) and her new hubby are on their honeymoon
|Middle daughter stretching out on sofa and looking through my collection of Susan Branch cookbooks|
|A gift from Pennsylvania from a dear new friend...handmade gifts are delightful, aren't they?|
|Bakikng little cookies- some filled with apricots; others filled with chocolate|
|'stuffed grandma' on sofa downstairs....and Moose Ranch sign from my oldest daughter|
|granddaughters enjoying Christmas morning in their pj's|
|Visiting my mom prior to Christmas and baking cookies together in our robes!|
|Grandpa holding the 'girlies' and giving them bumpy rides on his lap|
|Middle daughter opening a vintage necklace I got her from Old Town orange antique store|
|Our Tree 2010|
|Vintage plates, glassware, quilted runner....I love mixing and matching|
|Everyone in their jammies! Youngest daughter opens one of her gifts on Christmas morning|
|Middle daughter gets a frame from one of her sisters|
|Santa leaves some big boxes on the front porch!|
|Lots of snacks for everyone to help themselves on between meals|
|Youngest daughter, new husband, and granddaughter|
|Oldest daughter and her husband....examines a pretty package|
|Middle daughter rolls out dough for German baking lesson|
|Kitchen table set with Christmas colors|
Well, we didn't get snow for Christmas Day but we have snow on the ground now and it is bitter cold!! But the days are slowly, bit by bit, getting longer, and I can feel the bulbs in the ground resting and readying themselves for my itchy garden fingers!! I will enjoy January today and all through the month. I will start back to exercising; I will organize the Christmas things in correct bins and boxes, and I will make sure thank you notes all go out this very first week. It is a time of renewal and it is also a time of reflection and restructuring. January is a GREAT month for getting things done!!
|Sisters playing with their new toys....reminds me of my own girls!|
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and that the blessings of the holiday season lifted your spirits and filled you with light and love. Take extra care of yourselves right now---it's flu season and a time for feeling 'low' after the holidays are behind us. Don't let sad/bad/regret feelings get inside you--look at today, your life, your beating heart and LIVE joyfully!!