I relax by the tree while Burl Ives plays... sometimes a pot filled with cinnamon, clove, and orange peels simmers on the stove... sugarplums are carried away by my sneaky little boys (no need to have visions dancing in their heads when Daddy bought a pound of the tasty temptation already!)
I set the thermostat at 72 and hubby sets it back to 67 then I sneak and switch it to 70 (maybe he won't notice?) then it's back to 67... Repeat this several times a day.
Some years I bake lots of pumpkin bread and maybe some carrot cookies, but this year I am just not in the baking mood yet...probably better that way so I can possibly still fit into my jeans come January.
I keep my nativity up all year long...we don't really have any traditions yet here...the kids are still small... we'll have a present in their stockings for Christmas morning... and maybe Daddy will make some yummy pancakes.
I love winter... for a while... oh my it gets so cold here... But when the snow falls, and we bundle up, and it's so still outside, and we drive around to see the lights, and take in the Christmas carols, and everyone hugs a little more and comes a little closer, and it's a time of giving, and love, and knowing the real reason for the season...
It is the most wonderful time of the year.
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