christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
i have that song stuck in my head–the muppets version of it–to be exact.
now that christmas is upon us, i am letting the loose ends go and wrapping up what is almost done. i never got around to making this year's merry mix cds or dipping pretzels (among other things i've likely forgotten that i was going to do). however i am not pouting, instead i'm patting myself on the back for what we have done. i went cookie crazy this season and recently tucked my kitchen-aid in for a long winter's nap. (my goal is to not wash another cookie sheet pan for the rest of the year!) we made gingersnaps, sugar cookies and chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies. i guess it's not christmas until i dunk something into melted chocolate.
last weekend we went back home for some christmasing. i love this tradition of heading to our hometown early for the holidays and then returning to idaho in time to celebrate christmas day in our home, as a trio. with a home for the holidays hangover–our car was packed to the gills and we all caught colds–i felt happy to have made merry memories together with family. plus the fact that christmas day is still around the bend. it's the best of both worlds, it really is.
a few things we packed in while we visited: the lights and nativity on temple square, the choo choo at oma's house, peppermint ice cream, cousins, exchanging gifts, games, a christmas tree pinata, traffic jams, christmasy radio, grandma's house, surprise visits around town, a chat with whit and benji learning her name, last minute shopping, scoring a parking spot after circling around twice, a christmas pageant, hymns at church and more.
here on the home front i am gearing up for the next few days. mrs. claus is coming to storytime and we have a surprise christmas eve activity planned for dan. i'm excited. the fridge is stocked. i love splurging on eggnog, root beer, orange juice, new batteries, stew meat, mixed nuts and more in one fell swoop. i think you become a true housewife when a stocked fridge makes your day. i actually despise going to the grocery store, but feeling ready for a week's menu or more is so worth it. (i know i owe you a post about freezer meals, i will divulge what i've learned in a later post!) on the menu for christmas weekend is my mom's crepes (aka thinnies), my dad's famous enthusiastic stew, cups of wassail and a chocolate chip bundt (aka hobbit cake). and candy cane joe joe's. (thank you, shanna!) the celebrating officially begins with tonight's football game; utah vs. boise state. and homemade pizza. i have recently come to know the comforts of home can be brought about with food.
am planning to make my way through the tall stack of christmasy dvds while i stuff stockings and pour our holiday photos and cards into the about-to-burst christmas memory scrapbook. i still have laundry to fold and presents to find (i just remembered something i hid in the bathroom cupboard), so i best sign off for now.
most of all, i wanted to say happy christmas dear blogging darlings. am wishing you a merry and bright holiday. enjoy the glitter and magic and the new and old traditions that make your hearts aglow. (i love the peace, the calm, the joy of the aftermath and the simplicity of cuddling up with a new book on christmas night.) no matter where you are or who you're with, put your arms around them and sink your teeth into the meaning of what's important.