Another random holiday photo share, and another recipe at the end. Today’s pictures feature our gingerbread construction. First, the gingerbread items arrive in the mail. They are safely stored away until the ideal moment arrives.
On a calm afternoon, it’s time to pair off and go to work. Two teams, two gingerbread projects, and the last of the coloring tablecloth to catch all the crumbs!
The finished products are proudly displayed for quite a while (although the jelly beans start disappearing remarkably quickly…)
We enjoyed so many good dinners with friends over the holiday season! This recipe was requested by one of our guests, and I am happy to share it.
Since I am not a food photographer, I will also add some unrelated photos to this post just to make it more interesting. One of the fun things we sometimes do in a busy entertaining season is print up a large coloring tablecloth to be enjoyed by guests both young and old. Here’s what the Christmas one looks like:
I think the adults have even more fun than the kids, sitting around with pencils and markers, doodling and shading while they talk. It’s a great way for different ages to hang out together.
If we are careful, the coloring might even survive more than one dinner party. We never get it totally finished, but it is fun to watch the colors and patterns grow over a few days before it is time to say goodbye.
(If you want more info about the tablecloth, here is the website where I purchased the file: http://caravanshoppe.com/ I’ve gotten lots of really good printables from them!)
After titling this post, I briefly considered writing it in the style of Clement Moore’s famous poem, and then quickly discarded the idea as involving entirely too much thinking. Sorry, my creativity didn’t make it past the title! But, now that my “children are nestled all snug in their beds” I decided to take a quick moment to share some Christmas memories before life lurches back to full swing in the morning.
Our break has been delightfully full of an excellent mix of events and relaxation (and sometimes both at the same moment.) The first week was more crowded with holiday festivities including various groups of family and friends, while the second week was more laid back with lots of game playing, playdates, and hanging around home. Here are a few of my favorite pics:
Nathan and Katya are now professional Christmas card assemblers. Keep them in mind for next year’s holiday mailings!
One child was Gabriel in the annual Christmas pageant, and the other was a sheep. Can you tell which was which? (We will be hosting private viewings of the DVD for any and all interested parties, popcorn and hot tea included in the price of admission)
Our annual light-looking drive is always a highlight. Eating drive-through fast food in the car while roaming in search of some of the best lights Than can find is always an evening I look forward to 🙂 We enjoyed sharing the trip with a few extra guests, and by the end Katya just had to give up and go to sleep beside me.
SO MANY kind boxes arrived in the mail from various loved family members, and we spread out the fun by opening each one at a separate time. Love it!!
Our Christmas Day gathering was a simple and cozy one, featuring baked potato soup, yummy extras brought by my aunt and cousin, and good time with various people from both sides of the family. I am so grateful for each year I get to celebrate with these beloved people.
Our holiday time has been a season of joy, family, warmth, and hope. There is so much to be grateful for, and all of it is God’s rich and undeserved grace.
In case you haven’t noticed, the last twelve posts have been a very brief monthly wrap-up combined with a cookie recipe. Here is a list of all the posts:
There are several other holiday treats that didn’t make this year’s list, so if you ate something at my house and I didn’t share the recipe, let me know and I’ll put it up!
December 2016 in Review, and Christmas Cookie #12
A favorite photo…
A few highlights…
- A December rich in favorite activities and traditions (in contrast to our Senegalese adventure from last year)
- Nathan as Gabriel and Katya as a black sheep in the Christmas pageant
- The annual studio Christmas recital
- Celebrating the season many different times with groups of family and friends
And a cookie recipe to go with it!