Oooo, it's been such a wonderful mad rush these last few days.
Cooking, and baking, and wrapping, and company parties, and family in town, and light-seeing, and, and, and ...
We're really enjoying these magical days leading up to Christmas.
There is nothing sweeter than having a small child in the house at Christmas time ... so delightful. Even a small child who no longer believes in you-know-who (but says he still wants to try. How sweet is that?)
Have I told you the story of FinnigantheCurious and the "Santa Talk?" I'll go back and see if I told you last year. It is too hilarious, but I really don't have time for my usual blathering. It's almost midnight and I can barely keep my eyes open, so just a few pictures and hopefully more tomorrow.
This begat ...
A rare meat dish. Rosemary infused chicken and dumplings.
Cozy and delicious!
The boy ran screaming from it in horror, but Jackdaddy and I quite enjoyed it.
I never made it to the store to get postal wrap to go with those adorable new tags I bought. Just dug out last year's wrap and my gift bag stash.
Oh well, maybe next year I'll "Martha" up the packages.
The world's most awesome advent calendar, if I do say so myself.
I made it out of matchboxes.
It's beyond cool, but a total bitch to make. I really don't recommend attempting one unless you have a little self-punishment thing going on.
Look at that tiny howling wolf I added to the top this year ... could you die with the cuteness?!
Not shown in photo: Whoopie Cushion, Can of Snakes, Shock Gum, and a battery-operated crawling roach. (VERY lifelike. Freaks us all out.)
Such are the things one puts in an advent calendar for a 7-year-old boy child.
If the toy doesn't fit in the calendar, I put a little note in there with some directions. I hide them all over the house and he has to go find them. He LOVES the days with a note.
I hope you're enjoying the season and not getting all stressed up and out. I always feel so badly for people who say the holidays are stressful and chaotic. I don't know why they're not for me, but if they are for you, I wish you a big pot of tea and some cozy socks! I give you permission to not do it all. Or any of it, for that damn matter!
Party on, Wayne.
PS Today is Hanukkah! Many blessings to all my wonderful Jewish friends.
Personally, my favorite thing about Hanukkah is watching Adam Sandler sing his famous "Hanukkah Song."If you've never ... you MUST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zigPOkCytoU