The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
This took me about 3 hours. Not because there are so many, but because I dislike it so much. I got SO distracted...several times. I started at 10:00 p.m. and FINALLY had them all under the tree at about 12:50 a.m.
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Happy Monday, y'all!!
Haystacks (in the 2 plastic containers) and Chocolate-chocolate chunk cherry cookies
Candy strawberries and fudge
I took card stock and cut them into quarters. I then took these glittery trees (actually gift tags) and removed the string. They were glued onto the card stock. I added star confetti and "snow." I put my name and date (hence the scissors over part of the writing), then punched a hole at the top and used the original cold cord as the loop. Cute, huh? Took me about 5 minutes....it will take them about 30. =)
For 4th grade, we will probably read a story, have our book exchange, then eat. We chipped in money for a Chick-Fil-A tray. We will also have chips, cookies, cupcakes and juice. When they are all going nuts, we will have an ornament relay. I bought ornaments (that won't shatter) that the kids have to pass, using ONLY ornament hooks. The winners get a chocolate candy cane. We are making ornaments - an idea that I
stole borrowed from one of my posters on Making a Happy Home Monday. My sample looks like this.
I saved the best for last.
This is something I have been doing for YEARS. I got this idea from a teacher friend of mine.
I trace the right hand of all my children. Each year, I alternate green or red construction paper, trace their hand and cut it out. In the palm part, I write their name and the year. Eventually, I will laminate these. I keep them in an envelope in our fire-box.
It is such a simple thing, but these are SO SO precious. When I see the tiny hand from the first tracing, compared to their hand now....wow....it just makes me tear up just thinking about it. It's not too late to start this tradition. Here they are. (They are turned over so as not to show their names. Therefore, they look like the left hand.)
These are from the first year when we had all 4 boys.
A BUNCH of hands.
Did you ever see this episode? It is funny. I love the lady who yells, "FREE CANDY!"
Well, the reason this is appropriate for this post is that I'm about to start on my candy.
Every year, I make lots of candy....LOTS of candy. I make enough that I can take a regular sized plate and give some to all our teachers and several friends....about 10 plates FULL of candies.
This is the first year that I'm going to document it all. I will need my hubby's help...maybe take a few pictures of the candy, in process.
Now, when I start planning my candy making, I have to look at the calendar. The candies that I generally make are not things that I can start, step away, answer the phone, go potty then come back to. If I do...there is a DISASTER that would probably lead to my having to throw away some pots and utensils. SO, I look to when my hubby is off work. He also has to be free enough to run total interference for me.
Usually when I get into the holidays, I start buying stuff for my candies in November. I try to grab a few things during each trip. The candy is not cheap to make. One candy I make takes a full pound of butter, 2 pints of cream, 2 pints of Karo syrup and 10 cups....TEN CUPS of pecans. THOSE, my friend, are not cheap. (I used to be hooked up with 10 pounds of pecans every year from my grandparents, but they don't harvest them anymore, so my supply has been cut.)
Also, when looking at the calendar, I have to consider when my kids go on their Christmas vacation. Since we give candy to my boys' teachers and some of my other friends at the school, then I need to have them done before everyone scatters for their break.
This year, I will be doing my candies starting on Monday. It will take me at least 2 days...possibly 3. The thing that will make this really difficult is the fact that I'm getting new windows and siding STARTING MONDAY. AND another issue...a more troublesome issue...is the fact that we have an arctic front moving in on Monday afternoon and it is bringing rain.
So, as I type this...I'm wondering how it is all going to work out. I NEED to get this done at the beginning of this next week. My boys are out of school, as of Thursday at 12:30. I COULD do it all Wednesday, but that makes for a VERY long day on my feet. (It usually takes me 10-15 hours to get it all done.) But like I was saying, the rain is my concern. If you bake/cook at all, you know (or you should know) that high humidity can jack you up.....especially if you are making candies or something that has to reach and maintain a certain temperature. *sigh*
With any luck, I will have some stuff to post, starting on Tuesday. At the very least, I can put up some of the recipes. I will also try to remember to rate these in ease. (One of my candies, I have to stir the entire time, until it reaches temperature.....and it takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.)
I personally think that these are reasonable expectations.
I mean, with computers, the holidays and all of the "educated" minds floating around my small-town of 3600, why am I baffled to see that "SANTA CLAUSE" is coming to town?
It's an easy idea, really. You just find a place around your house to improve a bit. Make it a big job...make it a small job. It's really up to you. Any job that you do, that makes you smile has helped to make a happy home.
I just want this to motivate you...and then hopefully, between my post and some of the 0ther links, you will be inspired to do something in your own home.
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So for today's Happy Home, I decided to put up pictures of my Christmas tree. (I am planning another post about the tree and decorations, but this is just focused on the tree.)
You will note in my first picture, that I have some pretty cute gifts