Thursday, December 18, 2008

I Really DO Like Christmas

Church Christmas Party...where else?

In spite of all my whining recently, there is a lot to love about December. The excitement, the music, the baking, the parties. Christmas cards in the mail. (We are doing our Christmas card map again this year...Pennsylvania and Utah are tied for first place, with Arizona right behind.)

And...just to make things cozy, Mother Nature sent a sprinklin' of snow.

Although it was just a dusting, hats, boots, snowpants and all manner of gloves were strewn throughout the kitchen and laundry room. Getting ready is half the fun, right? (And the other half is drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, of course. Requisite apres ski refreshment. Even if one spends only 16 seconds outside.)

The trampoline was the only spot cold enough for snow to stick, so Em spent a good hour out there and even created a li'l bouncing snowman (not pictured). Somehow she caught pinkeye doing this.

The highlight of the twins' life was being invited to a gingerbread house party. Just for four-year-olds! No big kids allowed! One of the moms brought Juicy Fruit gum to use as decoration. I have not smelled Juicy Fruit in 20 years. It tastes different than I remember and looks different too. But the smell is exactly the same and it took me back to simpler times.

My favorite Christmas song is currently:

How can you not love him? He's got "garlic in his soul!" I love garlic!

12 comments:

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Lindsey said...

No WONDER you wanted a repeat encore performance of Dahoo Doray! Maybe next year! :)

Jeanelle said...

Please send me your address -- I want to make the map!

Lauren in GA said...

I love that Christmas card map idea!!! I read the post you linked from last year (it was before we, "met") and I love it! I need to get my act together so Georgia can be properly represented.

What a neat idea to have a gingerbread house making party for little kids! I want some Juicy Fruit, now.

calibosmom said...

The Grinch is so cool. I don't like it when he gets stuck in the chimney...gives me the willies! I haven't made my annual gingerbread house yet...whomever made up this traditon is genius! I'm sad, our church party is cancelled because of the upcoming snow dump. Looks like you guys had a great time!

Bridget said...

I think if I did the map I'd get obsessive. Trying desperately to meet people from Tennessee or Oklahoma just to put a pin up there once a year from a card.

TravelinOma said...

You are the model Christmas family! These are the years you'll remember when you think back on Christmas past. Precious times (in retrospect.)

wenderful said...

I LOVE your map idea! Do you mind if I swipe it? My kids would love this.

Cathy said...

Hey garlic is good for your soul! Nice pictures, looks like a lot of fun!

Melissa-Mc said...

Sometimes at this time of year I ask my self why do I get suckered into doing SO much in December AGAIN. And then Christmas morning comes and it is all worth it.

Rochelleht said...

Crazy times. I'm just glad that my holiday is celebrated in 70 degree weather and not snow. Seriously, I am NOT one of those 'white Christmas' kinda gals.

mama jo said...

what fun pictures...looks like a great christmas.

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