Archive for December, 2011

The Reason for the Season

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

It’s always nice to have a special nativity scene displayed to remind us of the real Reason for the Season.  Here are a couple unique ones I’ve run across on Pinterest:

{Nativity silhouette}

{“Gingerbread” nativity}

{3-D nativity card}

{Nativity on a block}

{Needle-felted wool nativity}

{Wooden nativity inspired by geometric shapes}

When my brother and I were young, our favorite Nativity scene was this Playmobile one:

I also loved our gorgeous Lladro nativity, which I helped my mom set up every year:

And last but not least, there’s the adorable colorful little nativity that my aunt got me from Tucson:

I hope everyone is having a blessed and happy holiday season!

Christmas Cookies, Anyone?

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

A Glimpse of the Tree

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

My parents put the Christmas tree up right before Thanksgiving this year – earlier than usual because their schedule after Thanksgiving looked quite busy – so I was lucky enough to get to enjoy it for that weekend that I was home.  It’s amazing how every year it’ seems even more breathtaking than the year before.

Seeing it brought back a little  nostalgia from the days when I lived at home, when our tradition was to have hors d’oeuvres for dinner as we put the ornaments on the tree together as a family.  Someday I’ll have my own family and my own traditions, and I’ll tell my children stories about what we used to do when I was a little girl.

But, back to reality… time to get through my second-to-last round of finals so I can go home, enjoy the holiday season with my family, and cook my little heart out!

A Bit of Sweet and Color