Wishing all of my readers a very Merry Christmas this year. May you find joy in your celebrations, comfort in your sorrow and hope in the birth of the babe for whom this day exists.
And the angel said to them, Fear not: for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
It’s hard to maintain an element of simplicity at Christmas time. The stores and the internet are bursting to overflowing with everything from sublime to ridiculous, all advertised as must-have and must-do this year. On the weekend all my bins of Christmas Past came out of storage. To be honest, I took out a few things and set them up, then closed the bins to be put away. I played a board game with Personally Junior then we watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. (The first of many times this Christmas, probably!) So here for the next little while I’ll be sharing my few attempts at keeping it simple, but still Christmas-y and worthy of the season of celebration.
‘Fess up, who is coming down off a candy high? Or maybe yours is just starting? Snuck into the treat bags while the kids were at school? (That’s me!)
So, this year at the Personally house Halloween was thrown together and enjoyed in the course of about twenty four hours. Might be record time around here. This is the lowdown on how it all came together with very few purchases and a bit of elbow grease, but with a very festive ending.
First up was pumpkin carving, the night before. The design is always left up to whoever wants to participate. This year it was only Personally Junior who came up with a fabulous Batmouth design which he carved out of MY white pumpkin from MY front porch vignette. Apparently it was cooler than the orange pumpkin we had picked for carving. Anyone have any use for an uncarved orange pumpkin in November?
Oh yes, my friends. You can totally do this. And not just for special occasions and fancy parties and impressing your in-laws. No, you could start dreaming it right during supper…and while the rest of your fabulous family is clearing the table and loading the dishwasher (is a little bit of bribery required?) you could be casually just stirring together some homemade chocolate sauce for dessert as if it was a completely normal thing to do.
An end of the week walk through Toronto’s High Park to bask in a perfect fall day. With some photos along the way of things that inspire me…
I love daisies, they’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?
Did you see anything you liked? What would have come home with you?