Thursday, December 24, 2015

preparations, or "is it really winter??"

We've been staving off the holidays, not feeling the spirit in this warmest of Decembers, but finally it was time to get a tree before our family came to visit!  Our requirements were that it not be taller than Ani's shoulder...

Maybe a yule bush?

Aha! This is it!

There are just some traditions that are hard to let go of...but our compromise was that it not take up floorspace, so onto the nature table it went. It is perfect.

Our family arrived on Solstice, so we made our wishbread together, filling the pan with balls of wishes for this new year.  It became Mormor's birthday breakfast cake the next morning.

The girls surprised her with decorations, and a crown when my mom, sister and I came home from a birthday lunch out.

But wait! That's not all! They had rehearsed a rendition of Happy Birthday on the bells.  Huzzah!

There is much laughing, much secretive wrapping, much game playing, and some late night moon-walks going on this week.  Yes, it is strange that the peepers were out last night, and that we had a thunderstorm because of the 70-degree weather, but we are enjoying our snowless week together, soaking up the love and the joy of being all under one roof.

reading When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Feeling so grateful for family harmony, growing children, connections, love and joy!

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