A MAGIC DAY

Between, the baking, the decorating of the speculaas (a Flemish/Dutch Sint.Niklaas spicy biscuit), making the Christmas stars, the story reading, and watching a video about puppies, the girls had a great time, we also sang some songs together and before we knew it the day was over and it was time for the girls to go home.  I’m just sitting down after cleaning up the kitchen 🙂 and now for a relaxing evening.  The stars are still drying and were not ready for taking home.  I also managed in-between to make my wreath for the front door, something that I should have done days ago.  A happy day had by all.

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A WINTRY DAY

“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…” John Geddes – A Familiar Rain
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It’s early yet to decorate the tree, but it’s been such a dismal day here that I thought it a good idea, and yes it does add warmth and cosiness to the room, and after all winter goes so quickly and Christmas comes and goes so fast, that we might as well make the most of it.  So I had a lovely hour or so this morning and carefully put on the ornaments, I so don’t want our little tree to be damaged.  I also gave it water so it does not dry out.  The grandchildren will love it, next week we have a Christmas story reading here for them, I have some lovely books ready.  One is “Step inside the Nutcracker” a fairy tale, after the ballet, and there is “The Gift of the Magi” by O.Henry, “Angelina’s Christmas” by Katharine Holabird, and of course for the youngest there are some of the Thomas and friends Christmas specials.  The illustrations are beautiful in all these books, and the Nutcracker has got 3-dimensional pages, wonderful!  Can’t wait for the story reading day to come, brings me back to when I used to do the story reading in the library.  Children just love it.

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