Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends!
O my goodness. Can you even believe it is December 10th already?! Only 15 days tip Christmas Day. So technically 14 days til Christmas because usually we are starting the celebration on Christmas Eve.
Never meant to get so behind but here we are so there is nothing to do but go forward.
Here is where we stand:
Today Gracie has training. Then we pick up Mom and proceed to finish our last in store Christmas shopping. Pray Lord be with us and make this happen. Time is up on this as we have tons of stuff that much be wrapped this weekend and sent out in the mail Monday as my child and 4 grands live out of state and we won’t be together on the holiday.
Mom has felt unusually stressed about doing this this year. I think it’s because I’ve kind of done it for us and for her in the past and this year she is on the front line. Welcome to my world!
The two biggest and heaviest things I ordered and sent directly. Hope they do the gift wrap right at Amazon. I figure if the message is Merry Christmas they will know. Amazon does not give you a slot to specify what kind of gift wrap. Can I just take a moment here to pinch myself as I still can’t believe we paid $60.00 for a Minion suitcase for a 4 year old but YES we did! She asked for it for her birthday several months back and didn’t get it. When she asked for it again for Christmas I decided she must really want it and have imminent travel plans so who am I to stand in her way. Plus she is really adorable.
So hubby is going hunting this weekend so I’m going to pick up Mom again and bring her out for the day probably Saturday to wrap and box all these presents so I can send them out Monday.
On to the big grocery list. Our daughter and son in law are coming for Christmas and will be staying with us most of the time. Usually it is just me, hubby and Mom. To that end I thought I would do some baking. We are going to have turkey Christmas eve and ham Christmas day or vice versa. Hubster and daughter are huge fans of stuffing so he does that cooking. Mom and I prefer dressing so I make dressing for us. I’ll be making the traditional pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Also going to make a banana pudding as everyone loves it, daughter especially. She is 4 months preggers so I want to be sure she has comfort stuff while she is away from home.
Home is decorated inside and out and looks wonderful! I still have burlap wreaths to make. So easy and so beautiful. You can leave them simple or embellish to your hearts content. Here is the URL http://www.allcreated.com/diy-burlap-wreath-wire-hanger-easy-video/
What you need for the wreath:
Wire coat hanger and wire cutters to cut it
Roll of burlap from the craft store (Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Craft & Fabric, Michael’s etc)
Embellishments of your choice.
Speaking of great smells your home through the holidays… We actually weren’t speaking of that but now we are. Some ideas:
Bake some apples in the oven covered in cinnamon
Simmer some apples on the stove in water.
Collect fir trimmings and decorate in the home
Febreeze new holiday scents are great for candles and sale de bain spray.
Freshly baked cookies never hurt either.
O my I’m tired just from typing it all. Have a lovely Thursday!