Friday, December 26, 2008

Creating Christmas!



It's been a very Merry Christmas this year, and so different from the Christmas's of 5, 10 or 15 years ago! I have two weeks off from work (one of the joys of teaching), and my "little" girls are now 17 and 19 years old! No more sneaking around late at night, dragging in presents from their hiding places and putting those toys together! Plus, we had so much snow and cold weather the last few days, that I didn't even go out to join the crowds with their last minute shopping! I've been relaxing so much, in fact, that I almost skipped putting up the Christmas tree. Thankfully, my older daughter talked me into it...on Christmas Eve! Together, we carried the tree up from the basement (one heavy piece at a time), and after a few ornaments, it really was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house!

This year, we kept the tree fairly simple with white, silver and gold. After the kids went to bed, I snuck on some English "crackers" and candy canes. Then I wrapped all of the presents with red bows to add some extra color to the green and white of the Christmas tree. In its simplicity, it was joyful and bright!





Of course, Christmas wouldn't be complete without the family favorites that come out year after year....



On Christmas Day, I woke up at 4:00 and couldn't get back to sleep. I guess that my body is on automatic pilot, after years of waking up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morn. Instead of tossing and turning, I decided to head downstairs, make a cup of coffee, and see if there was anything else I could do to make Christmas morning special. I don't know where the energy burst came from, but I ended up taking out my mini sewing machine, and making two little felt "envelopes" to hold the girl's Christmas money. The pattern was from the book Let's Make Cute Stuff by Aranzi and Aronzo (awesome book if you enjoy sewing cute stuff!). It was almost too much fun for 4:00 am! I suspect that I'll be making quite a few of these in 2009!



I'm looking forward to one more week of Christmas vacation, with plenty of time to spend creating in my pottery studio or doing some art journaling with my new set of 20 Stabilo fine line markers - at .4 mm they are really fine! Stay tuned for more photos and more joyful happenings as we end 2008 and move into a new year!!

Blessings to all of you for a holiday season and a new year filled with peace, joy and love!

2 comments:

DJ said...

Jean,
Your blog is beautiful! And I may have to come to your house for Christmas next year. You make it so bright and cheerful for your family, so I'm putting myself up for adoption, OK? :-)
Love & Laughter,
DJ

Welcome to My Blog! said...

I think you'd be a great addition to the family! Just two questions...

1. Are you done with college?
2. Do you own a horse?

If the first question is yes, and the second is no, come on over!!