Just quickly popping in while I enjoy a cup of coffee. Today is baking day. We will bake gingerbread, the best sugar cookie cut outs in the world and spritz cookies. Tomorrow we will make white chocolate jumbles and English toffee. Lots of sugar and butter will be used in this house today.
I am having my nephew for a couple of days over Christmas. He is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world so I am beyond excited. I want the house to be as cozy and full of the things he remembers from Christmas time as a kid. Continuity and tradition is very important to me. Since my parents passing nine years ago and all my family living out of state, it is the traditions and sights I continue that keep my family near to me in my heart. Our connection to the past as we celebrate the present is my goal. So let me just say to have one of my family flying in for Christmas just makes me so giddy with anticipation. If you have all of your family near you than give them all an extra hug and be thankful you get to see and enjoy them often. I miss my family and never more than at Christmas time. I am blessed though with all these kids and a wonderful husband so they make it all so worth all the preparations of the holidays.
Below is a little basket I keep out for the kids and their friends each Christmas. Whipped cream and a jar of marshmallows is at the ready to top off their cups. Have a great day everyone.