It’s Beginning to Look a Little Bit Like Christmas

Actually, it still looks like spring to me. Our neighbor’s jacaranda is really looking gorgeous these days.


I put up some more Christmas decorations today. I’m not the best at this, and I’ll be the first to admit it. I don’t like clutter (a trait I definitely inherited from my parents). We had all the basic Christmas traditions when I was growing up, including the tree, the stockings, the cookies and Bing Crosby. My mom usually makes some pretty amazing fudge, too. I always wanted to try a gingerbread house but we couldn’t figure out how the house would stick together. (My new friend Sara revealed the secret on her blog: forget frosting, and use a glue gun!) But in general, although I have really great memories of Christmas mornings, my family didn’t go overboard when it came to Christmas. It just wasn’t our style. But Christmas is the best! I’d like to overdo it–eventually. Right now I am just starting to collect decorations. We don’t even have a single sentimental tree ornament yet.

We’ve never had a mantel before, so I didn’t really know what to put on it. I had the stockings made at an Etsy shop, and saw these Christmas carol posters there too. I think they’re kind of cool.


I picked up an advent tree at a craft market. Charlotte loves opening them up each night for a small treat after dinner. I should have photographed it while it still had 25 little gift bags. Oh, well. Looks like I’ll have some sewing to do.


I found this little painting at a roadside shop.


We spent about 45 minutes in line to see Santa today. Charlotte has been talking all week long about how she wanted to ask Santa for a sailboat and an island. (I want a sailboat and an island, too; thanks, Santa.) When we finally got to the front of the line, Willa was perfectly happy to sit on Santa’s lap.

I think Willa just discovered she has a tongue. It’s been out all day long.


Charlotte decided she was having none of it. Too scary. Maybe next year! In the meantime, does this mean no sailboat or island?

At least there’s ice cream!

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