I absolutely love the month run up to Christmas. We bake, decorate, listen to Christmas music and attend holiday events. I can't help but smile and feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's my favorite time of the year.
Justin started reminiscing about his favorite childhood cookie that his grandmother made. When she passed away the recipe went with her. Suddenly, I had a new challenge to locate a recipe and try to replicate his beloved walnut filled, powdered sugar covered rolled cookie. It turns out the cookie is a Polish Kolacki. The joy on my husband's face when he ate one of my attempts at the Kolacki's was priceless. I could almost see him slipping back to his boyhood Christmases with his grandparents. Now we have another delicious cookie added to our Christmas cookie repertoire.
I had the bright idea to turn locally grown and sold decorative berry branches into wreaths for the house. I busted out my floral wire and tied up some pretty gorgeous wreaths. The only trouble is keeping them fresh. I have to give the wreaths a bath at night to water them and a few have been forgotten and started to dry. The dried berry wreaths are still pretty. I'm kind of amazed that I'm the first person to think of this. No one in Ethiopia is selling these type of wreaths and the berries are so cheap. It cost me less than $5 to make the large white berry wreath. I feel like there is business to be done in the wreaths here! I did sell one at the market on Friday.
We enjoyed Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning. The girls all wore their red dresses. I was thrilled to see Ashlynn in Addie's first Christmas dress. I get a little teary when I think about it being the last time that sweet dress gets worn by one of my daughters. Santa was a no-go for Ashlynn and Arabella, but Adelaide stood with Santa and presented him with a drawing she had created as well as cheerful "Merry Christmas". Everyone had ice cream. Right? Because Christmas just isn't the same without ice cream, bouncy castles and temporary tattoos.