Thanks to the wildly popular advent calendar, there was a lot of making in our house in December (some will argue too much making...) and there were constant project piles on every available surface. Particularly around the sewing machine and oven. What was so great this year was how much more the making involved the whole family. It's hard - it's sometimes a drag, really - to have to plan something every day for a month and come home from a long day of work and school and find the energy to do things besides curl up on the couch and read books together. But it is clearly shaping the kids' perspective of what Christmas and holidays are all about and the focus is on other people and doing things. I have to repeat this to myself often to remember why the hell we do things so much the hard way sometimes. It pays back.
We received a gorgeous box of citrus for our fruit share in December. Much of the clementine and orange rinds were made into candied citrus peel.
Of course, gingerbread men were on the menu.
I had helpful reminders whenever I tried to slack off on advent activities.
|Yes, we remembered the popcorn string. After the tree came down in January, the popcorn and cranberries were taken outside for bird food.|
- Panforte (thanks, Meg!)
- Candied orange peels dipped in dark chocolate (from scrumptious The River Cottage Preserves Handbook)
- Coffee Toffee
- Peppermint Bark
- Gingerbread cookies
|These peppermint-coconut lip balms were made for M's preschool teachers. Making the balm and whipping up a few hand-stamped labels took less than one hour for a beautiful gift he was incredibly proud to give. This great idea comes courtesy of SouleMama.|