time to wrap presents, write out and plan the menus, shop for the groceries, and deliver gifts.
There have been parties and open houses all great excuses to get dressed up and be social.
Today I took some time to savour a cafe au lait...
and catch up on my blog reading.
Lisa at a mid life of privilege wrote a thought provoking post yesterday
you might like to pop over and read it .
The grand children and I made a sleigh for "Santa"...
the porcupine on top of the sleigh is Santa.
(I point this out just in case you did not recognize him)
These two weary workers are "the elves"
I suspect that there are a lot of weary folks out and about these days.
It is difficult juggling work, family with the added responsibility of Christmas
Even Santa has his helpers.
These wee felted animals were a small gift to the grandchildren on our "play date" last week.
I popped over and had an afternoon of fun and games while our lovely DIL ran some errands and did some shopping.
The wee ones are so excited!
I can remember back to my childhood when my sister and I would lie under the Xmas tree with the Sears and Eaton's catalogues and dream about what Santa Claus might bring.
We were oblivious to the extra work that Mother was going through to make sure that Christmas would be memorable.
Every year she sewed us matching dresses...one for her and then one for each of us.
Velvet was the fabric of choice
ours had lace trim at the neck and sleeves and sometimes on the hem.
Bright colours were her passion and I recall dresses in fuchsia, teal, cobalt blue and red.
The cookie tins were filled with her traditional cookies, bars and squares.
Heavy fruitcakes with almond paste were baked and regularly doused with sherry...
kept in our cool sunroom until guests arrived for various parties.
Mother never seemed to be stressed or tired...
as kids we were oblivious on what was required to "make Christmas happen"...
We were rather distracted
dreaming about our Christmas morning stockings
filled with an orange in the toe
a Cadbury Flake Bar
a few small toys.
Such great memories...
Our Christmas will look slightly different this year
as we will be celebrating over two days instead of just the one with the family.
Our children are carving out some new traditions of their own
making memories for their wee ones and partners.
Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!