Our son made this (by himself) when he was very little and it still lights up after all these years!
It's a very dark and chilly morning but the day is supposed to warm up to 37 degrees! I think it's going to be one of those afternoons where I will have to put a coat on, pour a cup of tea, grab a chair and go sit in the sunshine for a while. : )
Well, it's been an unusual week for me. I started the week with my to-do lists that would have carried me through the week and I was happy with that - Wednesday morning I reached across the bed to make it and my back decided to go out on me (this happens at least once a year, so I guess it chose this week to be the week). So painful on Wednesday and Thursday and then went to the chiropractor yesterday which helped me to finally get a good night's sleep and this morning, although I can still feel it, my back feels better but with strict instructions to not do anything strenuous. So...........planning is great but things do happen, don't they?!
It will be a good day to write out my Christmas cards. : ) I know I'm a week behind in the December to-do's and tea party theme (I'm sure you were wondering - haha) so I'll get to them now:
*Bake/buy or make gifts/start wrapping
*Decorate your home (if you haven't already - remember, you don't have to go all out, just a few things here and there can make your home beautiful
*Stock up on salt and sand for those slippery days
*Have your car checked for the upcoming winter months so you don't find yourself stalled out somewhere when it's 30 below!
*If you are planning to use any good dishes or you have a silver set that you bring out for the holidays now is the time to wash and polish
*Same with linens - if you are planning to use any good linens such as tablecloths and napkins, now is the time to wash and iron them
That's it! Like I've said in another post, I don't do anything other than enjoy the holidays and my home. I do the very basics - keep the bathroom clean, dust and vacuum, mop floors, etc. but other than general upkeep I don't use this time to deep clean or go through things. I keep all of that for January. As I was putting Christmas things up I did notice areas in the house where I need to give some extra attention to after the New Year, so I'm writing things down for that. But I feel this is a time to do the extracurricular - baking those cookies with Christmas music in the background, watch those old Christmas movies with a big bowl of popcorn, wrapping the gifts with care and getting excited about family and friends opening them, writing Christmas cards to family and friends knowing how much fun it is for me when I go to the mailbox and finding one from them, cooking and baking those things that only come out at this time of year knowing how much it will bring joy to whom you are cooking and baking. All of these things make this time of year special - we have to be willing to admit that we can't do it all without becoming exhausted - so just set other things aside and concentrate on this one month of the year. : )
DECEMBER TEA PARTY THEME
I think of all the tea party themes, December is the most fun because you can just go anywhere with this! You can have a woodsy theme, a nutcracker theme, a classical theme, a retro theme, a Santa theme, a beautiful and fancy theme..............however you choose to decorate in your home, the tea party would just become a part of that decoration! But here is a suggestion:
*Decorate with lots of little trees (some flocked, some natural), set in little pots of natural herbs, hang snowflakes from the ceiling, set out bowls of shiny red apples - let it have a natural feel to it - like your walking in a winter scene.
*Serve your favorites - decorated sugar cookies, any special candy, pretty wrapped chocolates, decorated cupcakes - set this out on a big board - make it full and lavish! Serve with a variety of teas and coffee and some of those yummy coffee creamers.
*Then, of course, play all those Christmas carols in the background.
Sounds fun to me!!!!!! : ) If you find that you can't pull a few women together for this, do it for your family OR just yourself (on a smaller scale). : ) This is just another way of slowing down and enjoying this time of year.
AN ADVENT IDEA
One thing that is especially important this time of year is to keep Christ in Christmas. Staying in the Bible is important but one thing we've found is to have a daily Advent reading. I made this last year and my husband and I enjoyed it, so I saved it for this year as well.
I decorated 25 envelopes and in each envelope is a devotional reading for that particular day. I tucked them into the above little wicker basket and set it on our table to read each morning after breakfast. It's just another way to stay in God's word and to slow things down a bit before getting into the work of the day. I know this first week is over but you still have time to do something like this for yourself! I hope you can give it a try. : )
Now, before I go, I've been wanting to share a dinner roll recipe with you that I made for Thanksgiving and we all thought they were the best!!!!! Seriously, I won't buy dinner rolls anymore. So here it is:
DINNER ROLLS IN THE BREAD MACHINE (THE DOUGH THAT IS)
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
Add all of the ingredients to the bread machine in order given, set on dough cycle and once completed, pour the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 24 equal portions and form into balls. Place the dough balls into a 9 x 13 greased pan and let rise for about 30 - 45 minutes until almost doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or so (you'll have to see about the time - my oven was baking slower so it took close to 20-25 minutes). Rub the tops with butter while still warm. YUM!!!!!! I baked these the day before Thanksgiving and then just put them in foil and reheated them before we ate. Oh my goodness - they are seriously good. Please give them a try!!!! Your family will love you for it. : )
That is all for this day. Thank you SO much for dropping by for a visit because I really appreciate it when you do. : ) God bless your homekeeping efforts.