Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tis the Season to be Jolly

Like the Christmas season which always is a whirlwind of activity this post will be a whirlwind to try and play catch up here on the blog...

One of the most important things I wanted to make sure we did this year was to have a real tree so we went to a tree farm to cut down this years tree. Sierra fell in love with the Charlie Brown tree pictured below but luckily we were all able to agree on the one pictured next.

 Daddy cut it down and we all hauled it back to the truck

Then we headed home to trim...Aayla?

She thought it was quite funny to be wrapped up like the tree. It was nice having Meadow and Andrew with us this year to help. I love trimming the tree. Unwrapping each ornament every year is like Christmas in itself. Our tree is filled with memories from my childhood, from Meadow growing up, and the girls are making their own additions. We also try to buy a new ornament when ever we go on a trip to add to the collection.


 Sierra hanging the last ornament

Some our our countdown to Christmas activities included:

Making a pom pom garland
Stained Glass Christmas Trees
 We had an evening of Snowman mania...the girls made snowmen pizza for supper and I made them snowman drinks with milk in vintage vases with timbit (doughnut holes for my US friends) heads.

We also rolled up a big basket full of tissue paper and had an indoor snowball fight.

Making our annual gingerbread house...(one of these years we will bake it from scratch!!!).

 We made jingle bell bracelets and danced around the Christmas tree.
We had Santa pancakes for supper one night...this one got lots of giggles.
  The girls favourite activity by far was having a picnic under the Christmas Tree
Complete with Marshmallow snowmen for dessert.
We also made some new ornaments: Angry birds, peg snowmen and cinnamon ornaments.

The girls coloured some porcelain dishes as their teachers gifts.
Elfie visited us every night and it was always fun to watch the girls get up so excited to see who would find Elfie first and where he would be. Here are a few of his hiding places:
It took the girls awhile to find him nestled up here with a vintage elf decoration and some of our Santas.
Elfie was pretty tricky here on his acrobatic tight rope...not quite sure how he managed to hang on here all day!
The favourite was when he wrapped the tree in toilet paper!
We even found him in the fridge with a shot of minty milk! I think he was missing the north pole and was looking to cool off :)
Every year we (dadyy with some help) make sausage rolls. He makes them from scratch just like he and his dad did growing up. It's a tradition we do every year. This year Ian's brother Mark joined us with his kids and my dad joined us too!

My dad
Uncle Mark and Aayla having a snuggle while the sausage rolls cook
Lucas and Charlie enjoying some time on the Wii
Mmmm Aayla enjoys hot chocolate and sausage rolls with cousin Cameron
After a busy month Christmas eve arrives...cookies get decorated and letters to Santa are written.
Then it's off to bed to wait for Santa...

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