I’m sneaking in a quick post just to wish you a very merry happy Christmas!
Every year I am in complete denial about Christmas arriving. I fight it, I almost dread it.
Sometimes it seems like so much work, especially for the mothers and wives that seem to be the ones that cause Christmas to “happen” in our homes.
Life gets crazy, and we start to feel that if everything isn’t just right, isn’t just 100% perfect, isn’t completely done it is somehow our fault.
You know what? Done or not, Christmas comes anyway – no matter if we wish we had more time.
Year after year, we have done less and less to prepare for this holiday, focusing more on each other than on decorations, weeks worth of baking, and stuff.
And I have found Christmas is much sweeter the more simple we make it.
"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." — Dale Evans
Soft ginger cookies from the recipes tab at the top of the blog.
On one of my great grandmother’s china plates.
It’s been kind of rainy up here on the mountain. If I lived in Ireland, we would refer to this weather as being “soft.” And I find it so peaceful and relaxing because there is no pull to go out and do do do –the weather dictates that we stay inside and enjoy each other,
There was some time for the boys and Jenny to head out on 4 wheelers, coming back muddy, damp and exhilarated.
I mended a hat!
The Hubster’s velco on his hat had stopped sticking, and using the treadle made a quick job of a bunch of thick layers, going through them like butter. The presser foot lifted high enough to fit the bulk easily. There was no motor to jam and bog down. In 1 minute, the hat was fixed. That is the only machine time that has happened. Singer 15-88 with Indian Star decals.
I baked a few family favorites, way more than enough for 5 people.
Our Christmas eve was spent cuddled up on couches beneath quilts watching episodes of “Planet Earth.” leaving us amazed at the gorgeous scenery, beautiful animals and phenomenal photography, and feeling blessed for all this world has to show us from every corner.
View from my hoop!
There was another quiet finish while spending time with family:
Pumpkins on the rail
A foggy, misty mountain behind.
Gifts have been exchanged. Dinner prep is under way.
- Smoked turkey & stuffing
- Scalloped hash brown potatoes (Jeff’s favorite)
- Baked candied yams (Dave’s favorite)
- Green bean casserole (Jason’s favorite)
- Cranberry sauce
- Pumpkin pie
There was to be a green lettuce salad, but it was discovered yesterday that the lettuce was left in the fridge at home. Too bad. There is enough food to have way too many leftovers as it is.
So stinking cute!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Have Yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light!
Antique Lady of the Lake variation quilt found in Ohio.
Have a lovely day making memories with those you love!
Merry Christmas, everyone!