December 25th has come and gone, but the Christmas spirit is living on in full around here.
Just the way I like it.
I have quite a review coming at you this weekend as I’ve been gently reviewing my year, but I just couldn’t let the week go past without giving Christmas it’s own time in the spot light. Since my upcoming post will be quite heavy on the words, this review will be coming at you photo dump style. I actually didn’t take many pictures while I was home as I was too busy spending off-screen time with others (cough baby time cough), but I grabbed enough to give you a little replay of some memories
So here we go
Giving gifts to others
little gift packages for friends
homemade beauty products
baking baking baking
I made Kat’s Gingerbread Quinoa Chocolate Bark, but after realizing I actually didn’t have enough quinoa, I substituted a mixture of dry quinoa, dry millet, dry buckwheat groats, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to make it more of a “granola” bark. I swear to you when I had my first bite I literally said…out lout..to myself… “I think this is the best thing I’ve ever made.”
giving books to others
Some serious relaxation time at home
many morning mugs of coffee with my family
The -38 degree (celsius) weather may not have been a favorite, but the views remain spectacular
my mom’s baking – some old stand bys as well as new favorites
simple lunches at home with homemade soup and crackers and cheese
Receiving wonderful gifts from those who know me all too well
words of wisdom
For years now my Mom has a tradition of giving me a “12 days of Christmas” box of gifts. This way I get to live on in the Christmas spirit for days after. It’s my favorite thing. My mom is the best.
Meals enjoyed together around a big table
Christmas morning wifesaver and croissants: my favorite meal of the year
the plates of fruit
A new title
“Aunt” est 2017. That’s me 🙂 🙂
the new love of my life
The not so favorite part of leaving…
a beautiful sunrise after a 3 am wake up call and 5 am flight to return to my own little home…
…where the worlds’ best cinnamon bun and a massive mug of coffee helped ease me back
….but still a joy in my heart as this is only goodbye for a short few days. I am being absolutely spoiled as – thanks to air points – both Dan and I will be flying to St. John’s Newfoundland, along with the rest of my family, to spend New Years with my other brother and sister in law who did not make it home for Christmas. My brother and his wife, my other brother and his wife AND my niece, my two parents, Dan and I all together in one roof…. literally nothing could be better.
This Christmas was the most relaxing of any holiday I’ve spent at home. This year, I allowed myself to fully relax. I napped. I didn’t leave the house unless I absolutely had to. I didn’t exercise. I ate when others ate. I focused on my “rocks” when the uncomfortable feelings came.
My heart is full.Christmas 2017 Photo Dump: A collage of wonderful memories of time with family #family #Christmas #fullheart Click To Tweet
Tell me a favorite moment of your Christmas
Not a hugely exciting week. But I did get a few nice things…