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Don't Miss Out!
We sure hope your Christmas was wonderful and happy and full of fun! Ours was, and we are still enjoying it as family is here with us, although we are missing others.
I found as I was editing the pictures from the photos we took on Christmas Eve of my grandsons, that I had such a huge grin on my face just looking at them, in spite of the fact that we never got the "perfect picture" ! They are all so special and perfect to me. Here is a slideshow of them:
Having Christmas on Sunday was so special. It made our normal Christmas morning routine very different, but I loved feeling the true Spirit and reason for the season. My son-in-law Adrian joined my husband, Jacob and me in singing with the choir at church. It was such a great feeling to be up there all together singing praises, and to see our dear friends at church and wish them Merry Christmas. There was such a feeling of love there. Tyler, Lindsey and Madalynn also sang and/or played in their respective wards. Christmas hymns bring so much joy to the season.
Because of our varied schedules, gift opening began on Christmas Eve and continued into late in the day on Christmas. It was a lot of fun! Look what my husband and kids pitched in to get me!
So, between these two gifts, I was pretty spoiled this year. If you missed out on of picking up these beauties, you can still get them here and here! We used the Cocoa Grande machine on Christmas Eve with our Hot Cocoa Bombs. I made bread in the KitchenAid this morning. I will show you the results tomorrow! It is rising as I write.
I always love seeing what everyone else gets for Christmas and how happy it makes them. My son got my daughter-in-law a gift that I found so clever! My 7 month old grandson is teething a lot now. He is always chewing on everything. Tyler found her this teething necklace that looks so cute for her to wear, but when she is holding Spencer, he can grab it and safely chew on it. Here it is in action:
My daughter received an excellent stylus set that will help her to do great art work on her tablet. She got her husband shower speakers so he can listen to music while showering, and sing along!
My mom sent everyone beautiful handmade pillows, pillowcases and quilts. Those are great things to start making now to prepare for next year! I have a couple of tutorials for pillowcases here and here. Also for pillows and quilts (and here) if you want to check out some ideas.
Well, I can't even begin to continue to list the nice and thoughtful and beautiful gifts we each received. But, of course, the best part has been the time we have spent together, the goofy laughter and jokes and the love we have all felt.
I am so thankful for being able to talk face to face with loved ones far away! What a blessing technology can be. I am so thankful for my family, from my own nuclear family to my extended one. Last night we all went over to the Mesa LDS Temple together and took in the Christmas lights there and saw the Nativity Display. In a quiet moment, I looked around and felt the Spirit of Peace touch my heart and I realized again just how thankful I am for my Savior Jesus Christ. Somehow, this year, that feeling has been stronger than ever and I want to express to all of you that I know He lives and I love Him and He love me and He loves you. If you want to know more, click here!
So, that is just a glimpse of our Christmas this year. Now can see why I have a Pinterest board labeled I Love Christmas!
Now it is time to get ready for the New Year! Talk to you tomorrow!
I know we have been a little absent lately. It is difficult to sit down and blog when family is home and I am trying to enjoy every minute with these guys!
But, the cooking and the holiday activities continue. I woke up early this morning to put the finishing touches on Cocoa Bombs for Christmas Eve. I made the chocolates pictured above yesterday. If you want the recipe for those, I made them last Easter and posted the recipe here.
I received an early Christmas gift from my son and daughter-in-law! It is the Cocoa Grande to heat the milk for Hot Cocoa Bombs! (or you can make regular hot cocoa in it) They gave it to me early so that we can use it on Christmas Eve. I am so excited. It makes the milk foamy, too, so the cocoa seems extra special.
You can order one here, while it is still cold outside.
Since we will be drinking Hot Cocoa, and Hot Orange Punch, Cookies are in order. When I saw this idea on Domestically Speaking, I fell in love with it and decided that I had to try it for our family party. I am going to use my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I already have the dough chilling in the fridge while I am writing this post. She used a delicious looking frosting to stick on her candy canes. I am going to use Wilton Candy Melts for mine because they harden so quickly. I also found the idea done on foodfolksandfun. They baked their own cookies instead of using store cookies and she gives an icing recipe. They had some cute pics as well.
Check out Facebook later, and I will put up pictures of how our sugar cookies turned out. Here is the recipe for sugar cookies that I always use. It makes a good, tasty rolled cookie.
Life is good! We feel so very blessed this year and we are filled with gratitude. Another blessing happened yesterday, my teenage son found a job! He has been looking for a while, so this was a great gift. I won't be posting again until after Christmas, so I hope that you all have joy, love and happiness in your lives this year and always. Remember to continue to #LIGHTtheWORLD, as many have done throughout December this year. The theme for today is to be a peacemake as Jesus was-how appropriate for what can be a stressful time of year for many. Tomorrow, the Christmas Eve theme is Jesus Cared for his Loved Ones, and so can You. How perfect when family and friends will be gathered.
Merry Christmas to you all from 3 Winks! See you in a frew days!
Here it is! The last week before Christmas. That last stretch before the big day. Have you gotten everything ready so that you can spend this last week relaxing and enjoying the time with your family or do you still have things to finish up? Is everything in place for your Christmas Eve traditions? What does your family do on Christmas Eve?
Because we eat a big meal on Christmas Day, we always keep our Christmas Eve dinner simple. It consists of two kinds of soup served with crackers and other soup toppings. Here are the two recipes we serve:
We also like to drink Egg Nog, Hot Cocoa Bombs or Hot Orange Punch with our homemade cookies. We usually play games, we may watch a Christmas movie and we always end with singing to the tree.
Do you do Christmas stockings with your kids? I know families who do not, but they are a big part of our Christmas. We don't have a fireplace, so our children always would lay out their stockings along the back of the couch. When Santa would fill them, he would lay them on each person's bed. In the wee hours of the morning, when the children woke up, they were not allowed to go to the tree without us. But, they could get into their stockings. They would wake each other up and giggle and whisper about what was in them. Sometimes, they would even fall back to sleep for a little while. This gave Mom and Dad a little extra time to sleep, until the kids couldn't stand it anymore and woke us up.
If you haven't tried stockings for your family but would like to, yet you don't want to fight the last minute shopping crowds, there are still 2 days left to get your orders by Christmas from Oriental Trading. They have some cute, inexpensive choices and you will be able to afford to get one for everyone!
Not only does Oriental Trading have stockings, they are having a big sale on all of their Christmas merchandise. You can stock up on last minute stocking stuffers, ornaments and things to put away for next year!
If you have a little time to sew,Sew Like My Mom has a really good tutorial to help you make some special stockings for your family. Or, if you are fast at crocheting, here are some darling ones on ravelry.
I know in some places they use pillowcases instead of stockings. Whatever you use, Christmas stockings are a lot of fun. Do you have any special memories associated with using them? Please fill free to share them with us! Keep having a Merry Week!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to seven so far. I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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