Today marks the 10 day countdown until Christmas. How is this even a possibility? Most of the last week I’ve spent with a sinus infection and have barely moved from couch/bed. I’ve gotten nothing done and the only visions dancing in my head are of antibiotics and clear nasal passages. This morning I spent a little time feeling sorry for myself and then I realized that my predicament is far from the end of the world and though not all of my Christmas prep may get done this year, we will still have a wonderful time together with family and friends.
In the spirit of trying to slow down and with a full heart for the many loves in my life, I am rejecting stress and am calling on some festive ghosts of Christmas past to help me celebrate this year. I’ve spent some time today combing through past posts and pulling things related to gift-giving, entertaining and Christmas morning. I was reminded of some quick, fun ideas and I hope they are helpful for you too. Here’s what I found (follow the links to the view the complete posts):
Great Grandma’s Sugar Cookies–Super simple and delicious freezer cookies that you can decorate as you please!
Hot Chocolate Bar (2011)–Fun for the little (and big) kids:
Merry & Bright (2012)–Christmas reflections and a few simple crafts:
My favorite quick, decadent Christmas morning casserole: Baked Egg Custard with Gruyere. You can do nearly everything the night before and just pop in the oven on Christmas morning.
To end on a sweet note, an excerpt from my post, Friday Night In (2011):
Mid-movie, we took a break for our snack: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate!
We thought about making our own chocolate mix, but due to our movie goals, decided to go with Safeway’s version. We heated milk in a pan and added a little less chocolate than the directions required, whisking as we went. We then put in a tablespoon of Copper Pot Caramel Sauce (the BEST caramel I have ever had!!!), and whisked away some more. Tip: go easy on the caramel at first and add to taste.
Once our mixture was hot, we poured into mugs, topped with whipped cream and a bit of coarse sea salt. I found it easiest to pour a little sea salt into my hand and then sprinkle on top.
I wish you and yours a magical week before Christmas!