Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Simple Pleasures of Christmas

 Yesterday I put out cracked corn for the woodland animals, seed for the birds, cleaned the bird bath and refilled with water, and washed the exterior windows on the backside of the house. I then proceed to clean house and put on a big pot of chili to bubble and simmer on the stove to ward off the cold that chills us to the bone.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am ready to jump into the Christmas spirit! I'm taking down all of my Autumn decorations and am replacing them with Christmas trimmings. I've downloaded Christmas music to My Playlist to play this season as we bake scrumptious treats to enjoy and give away, cook warming comfort foods, and care for our little cottage, making it a cozy retreat from the cold North winds.

We will be using what we have to make this season special. I'm looking forward to doing lots of baking with the girls. Kendall doesn't care to bake, but he does enjoy partaking of our efforts! Sugar cookies are especially fun; rolling out the dough, using cookie cutters, and then decorating the cookies with colored frosting and sprinkles.

There are Christmas movies, old and new, waiting to be watched in the cold evenings, thanks to Netflix. How nice it will be to settle in after dinner with a holiday movie and a homemade snack. While night fall comes early and the dark envelopes all around us, inside we create cozy home scenes under the glow of soft lighting, candles, and the lighted tree.

The excitement slowly builds as Christmas draws near and it's so fun to join in their joy and anticipation. Children love gifts but even when gifts may not be as abundant as years past, what children really need is our love, attention, understanding, and time. This is what happy childhoods and memories are made of.


Laura said...

Your plans sound wonderful.. Have a great weekend getting into the spirit of it all.


Anonymous said...

Sweet thoughtful words and lovely photos.

Andrea from CHL

mommyx12 said...

Thanks Tracy for getting me motivated for the Christmas season. I've been a little humdrum lately!!