It’s official, our kids have aged out of believing in Santa. I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand I’ll miss them wanting to put out carrots for the reindeer, cookies and milk for Santa, and glitter to guide in the reindeer. But then again we have a closet full of secret Santa paper that we’ve kept hidden. We would wrap our son’s gifts in different paper from our daughter’s so no handwriting would be on the gifts to give away the magic. That’s how I figured it out when I was a kid!
Because my husband had to travel half this month we got our Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving which is really early for us but we lucked out with amazing weather. We go to a local farm where they have horse drawn carriages and pick out a tree. Afterwards we have free homemade donuts and hot chocolate.
I had a Griswold moment as we were picking out a tree. As we found one I saw across the way The Tree. I told the family to stay put, to hedge our bets, and took off running. Now I don’t run. There was a foot of snow and I’m in my winter boots huffing and puffing going as fast as I could. Which isn’t very fast. I got passed by the guy with a saw and a dolled up woman who laid claim to the tree. I did a “Noooo!” and fell to my knees gasping. The nice man said to me but there is another one right over there. Before I could raise my hand and say “Yes!” the woman whipped round and claimed that one too. I nearly did a faceplant in the snow. So I trudged back to the family and claimed the one we hedged our bets with. Actually it’s a gorgeous tree, just a bare spot in the back but we put that against the wall. 🙂
We do have fun decorating the tree with our favourite ornaments and Christmas music is put on. Guinness could care less but Murphy is always willing to be in the way. He generally curls up right at the tree looking up to see what we are doing.
I was way behind with things this month. I only made the Christmas cake two Sundays ago! The recipe is here part 1 and part 2. I thought, because we are obviously not having a white Christmas, it would be fun to decorate the cake with the three stages of the snowman. I had in my head how I wanted to do the snowman and knew I had to head to the local candy shop. And right there were snowman done out of marshmallow! Perfect so I was able to recreate using what they did.
Today we’ll be playing games and watching Christmas movies in our PJs. After we bake mince meat pies and sticky buns for tomorrow’s breakfast. And it’s tradition to order Chinese food for dinner tonight. We eat it next to the tree with the fire going. And can’t forget the Christmas crackers!
Guinness and Murphy are taken care of with big bones for them to entertain themselves with. 🙂
For those that celebrate Christmas, have a very Happy Christmas. May it be safe and fun. 🙂