Its Christmas, y’all. Like right now.  I won’t lie to you, I do not have the best Christmas spirit this year, but I can fake it til I make it for my Christmas-loving offspring who lives and dies for tinsel and gingerbread. I will paint red nails and play Bing Crosby even if I kinda don’t want to this year…and it will be good.

So we’ve been doing lots of Christmas things; tootling around to special Christmas things, sleigh riding, shopping, ordering hot cocoa, visiting the Big Guy, eating roasted chestnuts (which are horrid, by the way), and addressing cards til we have carpel tunnel…oh wait, that last one’s just me.

We went to a pottery studio and made our own pieces.  There’s not much I enjoy more than seeing my kids create.  The tongues come out and its game-on.  I love when they get really particular about how they want this or that.  On the pottery studio day we made pinch pots and coil pots.  We are still waiting to go pick them up, but we can’t wait to see how they turned out.

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I took the kids to see Santa at the Biltmore the other day.  Sophie brought her letter and he read it to her (dude had a North Carolina accent, but Sophie didn’t seem to notice.)  and after he read the letter he stuck it in his pocket to take back to the North Pole with him.  Her face was all red.  I loved it.

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And then we got gingerbread and cocoa and listened to carolers.  And then I carried my coffee and Sophie’s cocoa to the car and mixed our drinks up accidentally. She’s like, “I don’t like this cocoa…it tastes like coffee.” Kinda cracked us up.  
And speaking of coffee, I definitely poured coffee into Vera’s bottle instead of her water.  Can you say “sleep deprived?”

And this one….its her first Christmas.  Truth be told, I’m a little exhausted to do anything over the top like sew her  her first Christmas dress or something like that, but I do have a fun little something that I made for her special.  I think I will just squeeze her a whole lot and stick bows to her head.

How about you?! Are you doing Christmassy things?  This weekend we’re keeping up the trend and going to Carl Sandburg’s home to see it decorated and listen to music.  And probably bake.  I need shortbread.  Need.


  1. I'm SO right there with ya lady. I usually love and adore everything about Christmas, but this season has been so full, busy, and downright exhausting. I'm actually looking forward to Christmas being over at this point, and that is very unusual for me. Hoping I can snap out of it:)

  2. Such a beautiful family! Faking it is the best we can do some days, and that's ok. Enjoy this last week of Christmas festivities!
    xox- Susan

  3. Oh, I baked shortbread today. If I had magic powers I would send you some right now, right across the Atlantic! I have a little Christmas spirit so I'll send that along too. I just wish this season wouldn't sneak up like it has done again… maybe I should start the preps earlier… anyhows, enjoy your weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You are so awesome, I am in awe of what you have done so far more then most of us. You keep it up and i will say a prayer for you the spirit will come sweet gal. Once again I can't stand the cuteness of that little my teeth hurt from her sweetness!
    XO Merry Christmas!

  5. Oh the coffee in the bottle is the best. Not very spirited around here, just waiting for deployment to be over. Next year will be fun.

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