Well I still haven't "Christmas-fied" my house yet. Last week my children's grandmother and mother figure to me passed away after being ill for a very long time. I haven't really been in the "Christmas Spirit" between this and just not feeling 100%. I sat here and thought about all the things I learned from her, the things she enjoyed and pondered what she would want me to do. It wasn't really hard. She really loved Christmas. Every year we thought out the details of our Christmas trees and she would come over and give my tree "the once over". I remember one year I came home and she totally redid my tree to my surprise. At first I felt kind of bad but it didn't take me long to see she had an eye for design and her version was much better than mine. She really focused on the children and making their Christmas happy and although she was ill and on a very fixed income always made the children's Christmas magical. So now I have been passed the baton and my mind has been reeling with ways to really enjoy Christmas this year and do so frugally.
Last night my dear husband and I piled the children in the truck, hot cocoa and Redbull in hand to see a live nativity. A local church here Deep Creek Baptist Church had an awesome drive through depiction of the Christmas Story; live animals, angels in the trees, carolers, petting zoo. It was an awesome way to begin to get in the "Christmas Spirit". I can't believe it but I am also considering getting a real Christmas tree, ( sidenote- buy some more Benadryl) simply to have the "experience" with the kiddos. Let's not forget reindeer food, Christmas pajamas delivered by "Santa" on Christmas Eve., baking and decorating Christmas cookies, Spiced Caramel Apple Cider (recipe to come) and whatever else comes our way. Well friends I guess I better get my home all "Spruced" up. Ciao!