I am a December child, the baby they brought home and put under the Christmas Tree.
My Mom said I was transfixed by the twinkly lights.
I still am.
I LOVE December. I LOVE Winter. I love Christmas Trees, holiday music, wrapping presents, snow-covered landscapes, tucking in for the night, traditional treats and dishes… Yes, yes, yes… I just love this season. It feels like the reward after a long year of hard work and doing your best.
And here we are just over a week before Christmas. I am in good shape: packages wrapped, many shipped, holiday plans in place, extra holiday ingredients purchased and ready to be made into sweet treats.
Yesterday, it was a foggy Saturday morning. Here’s the view out the window.
Santa is here quietly taking in the holiday decorations.
A couple of years ago, Mr. Gordon and I blended our Montgomery Ward houses handed down from our mothers.
Following in the tradition of my Mom, I bought glass-spun angel hair a couple of years ago (handle with care! I wear gloves) and the houses sit nestled in a white blanket of “snow” on our “mantle.” (Yes, we have a faux fireplace. I’d love a real one, but we’d need to win the lottery to afford such a luxury addition to the house!)
We’ve been feeding the birds – cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, finches, tufted titmouses (titmice?), nuthatches, wrens. The grackles like the fruit in the pear tree. I do not like the grackles.
Tina and I have been best friends since we were 15 years old. She’s one of the kindest and most loving people I know. She sent me this homemade holiday gnome (and many more presents!) for my birthday. He is living under my Christmas Tree now. Isn’t he cute?
Elizabeth Andrews print, a past birthday present from Mr. Gordon.
Comes out every year.
My Nesting Dolls showing scenes from The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.
This year they top the kitchen hutch.
Remember your local folks in need this year and throughout the year.
We’re collecting for a local food pantry.
So just a moment to pause and peek a week before the merry day!
Your Holiday Update?
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Add some merry and magic to your season, too? 🙂
I love all of your decorations! It’s nice when we can display items that have a memory attached to them. Winter is such a nice season. It always feels cozy, and I love that. It looks like you guys have had some good snow days already. We’re hoping for some snow this season. Usually our snow days don’t happen until January or even February. Although a few years back we had quite a bit of snow on Christmas Eve (6 inches or so). It was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful.
I’ve cleared my calendar for the week and will be busy finishing up my gift making and shopping. My husband and I took a day last week to shop for our boys. I always enjoy that tradition of ours. I have a small gift I am making for each of the guys and am hoping to get them completed by Friday. It’s hard to work on gifts for them…because they need to be out of the house in order for me to make them! Thankfully today is my monthly quilting day with a friend, so I will be at her house sewing (no chance of peeking eyes there!).
I hope you and Mr. Gordon have a wonderful Christmas together! Enjoy your time with family.
Thank you, Bekah! We’ve picked up four or so more inches of snow, at least. I watched it come down from my office window and just blanket everything with a layer of white. Gorgeous!
I love pulling out the decorations every year. I always aim to put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. maximize the time celebrating the season! 😀
Merry Christmas to you, your husband, and sons! I can’t wait to read on your blog what you made them – after Christmas, of course! 😉
Oh goodness! I didn’t know you had a birthday in December! Happy (belated?) birthday! I love winter too. I actually love every season for different reasons. I get tired of winter….it gets long sometimes. But this year I don’t have a lot on my plate so I’m settling in and enjoying it.
The gnome is super cute! I love your decorations! So classy. And peaceful. And beautiful. I love feeding the birds too. I need to get more birdseed for them. The kitties love sitting in the window and watching so I put a feeder right out front near the kitties perch in the living room. Oh. It’s definitely titmice. I’m a birder from way back. I just found my birding notebook from 2006! I need to start that journal again. I was learning the latin names for the birds as well but the only one I remember is Cardinalis cardinalis. Can you guess what bird that belongs to?!?
I love the Elizabeth Andrews print! And good for you and Mr. Gordon for remembering the food banks. I need to be better at that. It’s a very important thing to do and to remember since we are so fortunate to be able to provide good nutritious meals here at the homestead. Thank you for that reminder.
Have a very Merry Christmas! I’m looking forward to following along with all your adventures in 2020!
Hello, Kristin! 😀
Why am I not surprised that you are a birder? I’ll admit, as I’ve gotten older, my interests in what kinds of birds we have here has increased. With the exception of the Robins eating our transplanted seedlings from the garden last year (who knew THAT would be a problem?), I love having the birds come by.
Except for grackles. I do not like grackles. Grr.
I’m glad you have time to settle in a bit – take this downtime to recharge!
Wishing you and your Mister a wonderful Christmas! Here’s to a fabulous 2020! 😀