Monday, December 12, 2016

Holly jolly










Hello! Thank you for your sweet comments about my cross-stitch sampler, and for joining in with my link party too. Lately, I'm flying through the days, which are filled with things to do and places to be. I'm sure it's the same for you. I'm doing my best to take time to savor the season in between the tasks and commitments, which is often easier said than done, but I think I'm doing okay. All the gift-shopping is finished, but nothing is wrapped yet. I'm still hoping to finish the butterfly mobile decoration for the GB, but my hands are hurting so much when I crochet with the cotton yarns that I'm not sure I'll make it. I wanted to crochet two more butterflies. I might have to call it good with the ones I have; there are 18 of them, after all. 

This is our last week before the holiday break. School finishes on Thursday and we won't go back for almost three weeks. It's going to be really nice to have some time off. We have a few short day trips planned, and of course, lots of holiday festivity. I've been baking up a storm for the past few days, amid the recitals and art shows and school parties. I need to donate a substantial amount of cookies to the school for a fundraiser, and of course we need a fair amount for home too. 

Everything is decorated here, inside and out. Would you believe that I'm still reminding people to stop touching the Christmas tree? They're eight and eleven. I can't blame them - it is a pretty crazy thing to have standing in your living room for a month - but I hear that ting-ting-ting of an ornament being manhandled and I feel like I'm in a time warp. "Leave that tree alone," I say from the kitchen. "I'm not touching anything," they invariably reply.

I realized that this week marks ten years since the Bear, LB and I moved to New Mexico (the GB was born here). I've been thinking about how we've come to adopt some of the local holiday traditions. I can no longer imagine Christmas without luminaria. Next weekend, we'll make tamales. This morning, I took the small Bears to see a Christmas mariachi performance, which was fantastic. It was put on by a student group from the University of Texas, all of whom were massively talented musicians, dancers or singers. The show is a popular tradition here, celebrating Christmas in Mexican culture, and it was bright, colorful and happy.

How are your holiday preparations coming along? Are you in the thick of Christmas or are you biding your time? We're just starting to listen to festive music. We have not watched any Christmas movies yet; I have a feeling we'll do that on Friday, when there is no school. I just ate my first candy cane after lunch today. I'd say I'm easing into it at this point, juuust about ankle-boots-deep so far.

23 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer, we're holding off on the Christmas festivities until a certain special boy has had his birthday this week, but are enjoying everyone else's decorations in the meantime! Yours look great - really bright and cheerful. I've limited myself to some twinkly white lights and a vase of eucalyptus so far. I hope your last week of school goes well - we finish this week too.

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  2. Your tree looks so pretty - I don't blame your kids for wanting to touch all the ornaments! I'm done with shopping, too - and like you, have not wrapped a thing yet. I might start tomorrow. Not my favorite thing to do, so I always procrastinate. I also want to get started on some holiday baking. My sister is hosting everyone on Christmas Day, so I want to take some cookies to her house.

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  3. Everything looks pretty and cozy - I think that's your trademark!
    I'm about done too, just waiting for two things in the mail that I need to wrap. :)

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  4. Everything looks so beautiful and festive at your place. I can just hear you yelling from the kitchen. :) I found an odd box of decorations so have put them out but don't think I'll drag down the bulk of the Christmas tree and ornaments from the loft. Trying to clean things up and get the boys room painted and organized before they arrive home next week for their winter breaks.

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  5. I really like ll of your pictures, but that first one is absolutely gorgeous. We're not putting a tree up this year since it will just be the two of us but I have put out my snowmen and nativity. Just enough to know that it's a special time of year. I love that the kids are still fascinated by the tree. I think you'll miss it when they stop. :-). Enjoy Jennifer!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. I am afraid I am full on into it with family visits and more planned. As a family we are so far spread and so big that we wouldn't be able to get together as one so we do it in smaller groups. I have several get togethers still to go to, hence my lack of joining the link party. Enjoy this special time of year.

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  7. Ive been gone from the blog world for a little while, but I am back again.... and to find your happy christmas pictures in my newsfeed! just lovely - i sure have missed your shares.

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  8. You have a beautiful Christmas tree Jennifer, and I especially love your retro glass ornaments. So funny about children touching it - our grandchildren are doing the same thing, and today I was asked 'can I tough some of the tree?'. Too sweet..

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  9. Sorry, I mean touch the tree, oops.

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  10. Merry Christmas! Stunning photos.

    I had to look up luminaria...oh, of course! As soon as I saw a photo I remembered.

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  11. All is beautiful and festive at your house. I can't stop myself from touching Christmas tree ornaments... too tempting (I still tell the kids not to). I also like to rub the pine needles between my fingers, the smell is divine. We have one more birthday to celebrate tomorrow, then it is time to decorate for Christmas. We might even be able to bake, the kitchen is nearly done. xx

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  12. I don't blame your kids for touching the decorations, I've been known to do the same, they're so pretty that they just invite you to touch. Your tree is lovely.

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  13. Maybe the wind is blowing through your house, rattling those ornaments. :-)

    It's so much fun to see the different traditions that people follow for Christmas. I love the luminaria. It must be so beautiful to see them all lit up. Enjoy these final days leading up to the Big Day, Jennifer.

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  14. Everything is warm and bright at your home, Jennifer. Such lovely cosy pictures. Enjoy the countdown with your sweet family.
    Helen xox

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  15. It is so hard to get the photos of a tree in the dark months, I have tried to take a photos of ours but it is too fuzzy, you have done really well. I am not a panic person at Christmas - it is just Sunday Lunch but with the veg in dishes instead of straight on the plates!! That is how I like to think of it anyway. I buy the kids presents all through the year - pencils here, a T-shirt there and it is always just fine. Don't get past your knees with panic will you! Jo x

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  16. It all sounds and looks lovely and festive there Jennifer, there won't be much of a Christmas in my house this year so I'll have to make up for it big time next year. Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog. :) xx

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  17. Sounds like you are very busy but still getting it all done. We are decorated, some presents have been wrapped, all presents have been bought. Now to get through the rest of these days with work and all the other stuff this holiday involves. Have a lovely Holiday.
    Meredith

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  18. Everything looks wonderful, Jennifer. Sorry your hands are sore - I'm sure the butterfly mobile will look lovely with "only" 18 butterflies on it!

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  19. Good to know that my kid is not the only kid who constantly touches the ornaments! My daughter can't seem to keep her hands off of them. It's so sweet, though. Hope you are having a good week!

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  21. Oh dear, sorry about the pain in your hands. :( can you soak them in hot water and epsom salt? or magnesium cream? it itches but my husband can have a sore back and it really helps. I will say a prayer about that! I have our Christmas tree up! I have not unearthed our Christmas books yet, but will later on! I have to do the last of our (online) Christmas shopping but we are nearing the finish line... God keep you!

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  22. I love the luminaria, too. I must look for some. They aren't everywhere here. Are they easy to find there? You're a good cookie baker!

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  23. Looks like you too have been super busy. Your decorations are looking fabulous. I am intrigued as what those baked goods are in the photo? They look delicious what ever they are...

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