I don't know what is with us this year but we have been sick much more often and with worse colds. Like I don't usually get a fever with my head cold but this time I did and so did everyone else but Doc says it's still just a bad cold. Lasting much longer these days too. At least we made it through Christmas in good health and spirits. I'm going to try a little herbal steam and a coat over my head like The Deliberate Agrarian suggests on his blog and maybe a whole lot more sleep.
It's officially Christmas! Yay! Christmas Eve was wonderful. We had a dinner with my fathers side of the family. A quite affair until the food was gone. I tell you what Grandma can cook! Her turkey was moist and gravy covered and her stuffing was awesome. We made a pecan pie, banana pudding (with cookies and all) and some deviled eggs to take to the shindig. I don't personally eat pecan pie but I hear it was pretty good. Then we had my brothers and their girlfriends over for a while and decided to go out to see the lights at our usual holiday spot. At the end we made some delicious cookies for Santa and left out some carrots for the reindeer. A reading of our Christmas tradition books and to bed for Midget. I hope everyone else in the whole world has had such a lovely day. I know it probably won't ever happen till we're all in Heaven but it's my Hope all the same. Merry Christmas and I won't be posting tomorrow because we still have a few more dinners to frequent and the whole early rise thing with the presents. Plus I know you'll all be just as busy.
Ok. So I haven't slept yet so it's not really Christmas Eve yet but I am excited here! There are two things I love to do on during this holiday. The first is to tell the story or baby Jesus and Mary. Recently I have found a movie I truely like that helps Midget understand the truth of baby Jesus' story and that is "The Nativity". I thought it was too advanced for her 7 years but she seems to get it if we talk about it and I let her interupt the movie whenever she wants with whatever question she has. Plus I just love that movie. The second is to real aloud "T'was the Night Before Christmas". Santa isn't a big part of anything but just like the toothfairy he has his purpose here for a little while in her childhood. I know some people wont agree with that but it's just the way it is with us. My family always read the story and it just seems natural to sit all cuddled up and read about our imaginary friend Santa. Love opinions if you have time go ahead and tell me all about your traditions.
Or is it man? He is 49 after all. Yesterday was my fathers birthday. The only thing bad about a christmas b-day is deciding what to give him twice this month. He is difficult to buy for. He has all kinds of tools and coffee mugs and cigars and thats all he really likes right now. I think we figured him out for this year though. We went and bought him DVDs. He loves certain movies and has a few from each series he likes. We (mom, Midget and I) decided to help him by getting whatever he was missing. Example: he had Aliens 1-3 but not #4 so that's what we bought for him. I made a cake and we had tons of family come over for his party (mostly to fill out our happy birthday singing group). I taught a little about knitting and chatted a lot. Dad said he had a wonderful time so we were all happy. I don't know what we will do next year but it's a whole year away so I've plenty of time to think.
We have had a lovely day today. I hope everyone else has had a wonderful holiday so far as well. Waking up without an alarm clock, a little shopping, a little family time and a play at the church. Like I said Lovely!
I gat a good deal on a present at "Michael's" craft store 50% off any one item. I picked a complete set of circular needles, which is usually $70.00.
Then when I got home my brother and his girlfriend came over for dinner and stayed for the whole "Santa Clause" trilogy. My nephew was in the church play. He did a wonderful job. My best wishes for your holiday celebrations.
Christmas is getting close enough to smell! No, really I smell pine all the time :) . This is the last weekend before Christmas and some family wanted Midget for a few nights so I said OK. (I really said Yay!, but who is telling this story anyway). Last minute prep is never my favorite thing but without Midget it will be a bit easier this year. I usually have everything I plan to give for Christmas at least a few months ahead. I shop at sales and use my discounts and whatever else I find help with the cost so that in the end everyone gets something they want but I don't have to skimp on Christmas Dinner either. This will be my last chance to get everything wrapped and under the tree because Midget doesn't have much school till after the holidays. Here's to the rush and the relief when it's all done! Plus if i'm quick I can have some time to knit and read before my time is up.
My last post ended on a bad note. This time I promise things will end better. Church has a program where families in need can have a secret santa. I got to help out with a little girls christmas. It was awsome! The whole time I was picking clothes and toys for this child I was also remembering Midget at that age. If i had to do it again I would. Though if they had given me a little boy to shop for I don't know what I would have done since I've never had to shop for a boy before. It made me feel good to help out and plus I love to shop! An all around feel good experience.
This year has felt so short now that I think about it.I mean I can't believe 2010 is almost gone. So many things happened that i never even posted about. There was a fire, a car accident and lots of things both bad and good. I'll start with the fire. My Grandpa had a place he was renting out, usually to family, and the guy (not family) who was renting it was a drinker. Well he was hungry at 4 am and decided to have some Fried Green Tomatoes! He fell asleep at the table while cooking and when he woke up there was a fire at the stove. The guy couldn't get it to go out with the extinguisher so he grabbed the pan (with a mitt, I'm sure) and tossed into the dish water in the sink. He said that it sort of exploded a little and woosh! 2 hours later no more house.
I am glad that the man got out. Really I am!
This all happened in late Summer. Now ever since the Family has been trying to figure out what Grandpa and Grandma are going to do. The rent from the place was giving them a kind of income and they had just put in a new furnace so they are out that expence too. With the new building codes there isn't an easy way to get a new place put in and if they did there are a few utilities that they would have to pay to get repaired. It's a beautiful piece of an acre and if I had the resorces I would have just bought the land but I don't know anyone with money right now and it dosen't seem to be going to get better anytime soon. So my main concern here is, What Are They Going To Do? Hope is strong though and so is the willingness to try and thet is going to have to get everybody through for a little while longer.
There is another giveaway! This time at a blog titled Happily Domestic. A Nutrimill is at stake here people. I'm so excited about this and there are so many ways to enter. http://happilydomestic.blogspot.com
This thing is driving me crazy. It won't let me post a single pic and I really wanted to show off my little fettish. So I'll just tell you about it and before you get too excited it's not kinky. I love Victorian things and my christmas stocking shows it. I also went to a dancing at my local Art History Museum. Old timey dances in old timey clothes with old timey manners. Bows, curtsies, and gentlemen everywhere. It was so soothing to show that world to my kid. She didn't understand most of the language but she loved the clothes. I hope to fix this pic thing soon and show you a few of my favorites.