At first, I began to feel sorry for myself that things were so very tight this year. Being unemployed can easily strip away the joy of the season. But, as I drove to my sister's inlaws for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, I turned to a radio station that played Christmas music. Before long, I was singing Feliz Navidad, Do You Hear What I Hear and some of my all time favorites. In that, I realized that the Christmas carols are what brings joy for me...even before baking and gifts and all of that.
I'm a very sentimental mushpot when it comes to Christmas so I try to bring excitement into the house, no matter what the situation is. This year, though, instead of being able to head out and Christmas shop at regular stores, we've decided to Christmas shop at the thrift stores or make our gifts for one another. Both of my girls love vintage items and there's no better place to find vintage than at a thrift store or garage sales. Baby Boo isn't old enough to realize that her gifts (toys) will be used and not brand new so I've also found some pretty cute toys for her.
Every year, as a family, we have a Christmas ornament making party where we make ornaments to either give as gifts or for the tree. We have done this since the girls were little so you can imagine that my tree is loaded with so many precious memories. This year, since we are all in different locations, they will each make Christmas ornaments to exchange with us. I can't wait to see what they come up with.
I also love the idea of a gingerbread house but with the ants around here, I've decided to decorate a wooden one and allow Baby Boo to stick on the "fake" candy. That way, she can have fun taking off and putting on the candies.
I'm looking forward to the smell of fragrant pine candles and candy of some sort (have to still figure out what kind I'm making this year.)I'm looking forward to the color wheel that TV Boo surprised me with last year. I'm looking forward to playing board games and the laughter and hopefully, at least one day where it's cold enough here that I can wear my scarf and mittens.
What are some of the traditions that you have?
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