Merry Christmas!

Oh my, we’ve been busy. You probably have, too. I just wanted to pop in to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, Merry Winter Solstice and Happy New Year!

This first photo is the Christmas picture I sent out and also printed really big and have it pinned up near my desk. I love it so hard.

Merry Christmas

The rest of the pictures show some of our holiday preparations. MOM, you’ll notice in one of the pictures below that it seems I have stolen your cookie cutters, but I did not! I found the exact ones you have at the thrift store in their original package! Cool, huh? I guess maybe they’re pretty common shapes, but I love them.

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

The Christmas Candles

The Christmas Candles

I will always remember this year as the year we inherited the Christmas candles. They belong to Gerald, but they haveĀ  lived at his Mom’s house. Until now.

The Christmas Candles

I’ve heard murmurings that this is not all of the candles, but I don’t believe it. How can there even be more? If there are more, I don’t have room for them.

The Christmas Candles

I always thought I didn’t want the candles to live at my house. They’re not my style, I thought. But they are very festive. And they’re cute, but partly creepy (I’ve been disagreed with on that last point) and that suits me just fine.

I mean, for reals, check out those two snowmen on the top row in the center. Aren’t they weird?

The Christmas Candles

Nonetheless. They’re mostly cute and Maggie loves them to death. She has unwrapped all the candles that are pictured in plastic.

I love this guy. He seems very old, and old fashioned.

The Christmas Candles

And the little mousie with a real bell! I like him, too.

The Christmas Candles

After I took all these pictures, we found my Christmas candles in a separate box, purchased at Rhinebeck when I went in 2010. I thought the simple pine cone and tree were more my style, but they don’t fit in at all with the others. Oh, well.

The Christmas Candles

I’m sure my mother-in-law was happy to pass these along to us, and I’m happy to have them. Makes decorating easy, that’s for sure!

The Christmas Candles

making all the things

cookie pops

I made something from Pinterest! Oreo Snowman Pops! We flew (and by “flew” I mean “drove swiftly” not “took an airplane”) down to South Carolina to see the family for the weekend. Though none of us were ready for full-on Christmas stuff, I did whip up a batch of these super cute candies to give to everyone. Maggie and Jerry helped make the faces, but I did the dipping, because that part was hard, yo.

cookie pops

There was a little leftover white chocolate, so Maggie made the last pop, then popped it in her mouth.

cookie pops

I made reinbeers, also found on pinterest.

ReinBEERS

Actually, it was Gerald who made these beers, all I did was cute-ify them. You can tell what style of beer they are by the letter on the bottle cap. I mean, HE can tell what they are. All I do is drink and enjoy them. And now that they’re reinbeers, they taste good and look cute. He’s taking these to his work party for the secret santa thing.

Tonight we went and got our Christmas tree! I did not find it on pinterest. :(

free tree

It’s gorgeous, and it was free! Gerald listens to the radio all day while he’s driving around, and his station kept doing “12 Days of Christmas” giveaways. When the prize last week was a gift certificate for a tree from the farmer’s market, he was all over it! Gerald definitely has a knack for that sort of thing.

He also has a knack for putting lights on the tree, ever since I taught him that you have to squint to see if the lights are right. So far so good!

white

Since I took this picture, he’s finished the lights. The tree is, as usual, perfect. I made a deal with Maggie that I won’t, under any circumstances, start decorating the tree without her. Of course I wouldn’t dare!