Well, I wasn't sure if we would have a White Christmas here, but indeed, we did! I looked out my front window Christmas morning, and saw a blanket of white. The snow was falling too, it was magical.
I'll show you some of the things I got for Christmas. Jess got me this copper tea pot. She has the same one in her home, and I love the handle and lid on it.
Nel got me some baking pans, which I really needed. Mine was getting so old and tarnished. These bake well, and already made a batch of cookies!
One of my favorite things was the pj's Nel and Renecke and Mia got me. They are so soft and comfy and warm, and I really needed them with the cold Winters we have up here.
Brian always gets the most thoughtful gifts. And he looks around and picks things out on his own. He got me some See's candy, which I loved because there's no See's up here, and I crave it. He also found a candle with the scent of berry and sage. On the candle is a design of red flowers, and he knows how much I like red roses. The smell is so pretty, and I'll keep it out all year.
An assortment of hot chocolates - the peppermint is the best.
One day I heard a sound on my roof, and when I looked outside, I noticed we were getting hail!
And then icicles!
I love the dress Mia was wearing on Christmas day. It is red lace and so cute. Nel always finds the cutest holiday outfits for her to wear on-line.
My son made Rice Krispie Treats. They didn't have the original cereal, only chocolate, so he thought he'd give it a try, and they turned out really good.
I wanted to show you how much snow we are getting, and all the things around me that are buried in snow.
These benches are at my favorite drive-through. We got fish and chips one day.
I haven't seen many of these lately. I think they're hiding for the Winter, although there are a few that still scurry about in my front yard and up the trees.
My neighbor's garden things.
Pine needles and my poor rose bush.
The story of an orange........Jess was shopping at Trader Joe's, and Francesca kept putting goodies in the cart, and Jess kept taking some of them out. She picked up an orange and put it in the cart, and Jess thought, "Ok, we'll keep that one." Jess always puts an orange in my stocking every year, a tradition that was passed on from my mom where she put oranges in our stockings growing up. Jess thought that Francesca may have picked up that orange to give me for Christmas, so she put it inside the package along with the other gifts. A single orange.....a most treasured gift.
I hope the new year brings you treasured gifts, not expensive or elaborate gifts, but small dear ones, those of gentleness, ones that only the innocence of a child can bring.