Monday, December 22, 2014

It's Yule Y'all! AND CHRISTMAS!!!

First off- Happy Yule! We lit our Yule candle yesterday and it was very warm and festive and did my little pagan heart good. I welcome the coming of the Sun and longer days.

Christmas is just a few days away!!!! Only 3 more sleeps! I feel totally overwhelmed with happy emotions this Christmas and I'm just over the moon. I think I'm more giddy than the kids.

We've had some fun Christmassy fun. Lights, husband's birthday, gingerbread houses, tree decorating, etc.

Ollie made up this thing called Santa Club. He drew invitations and everything. <3 He told me 'Santa Club definitely has cookies' and then looked at me so hopefully, haha. So while they napped that Sunday I made some peanut butter cookies and hot chocolate and when they woke up we had Santa Club! Hot chocolate in pretty cups, which Alice LOVED, with candy canes to melt into them, cookies and a fun candy cane craft.

We enjoyed another Santa Club meeting yesterday where we decorated our gingerbread houses. Okay, so I ran out of gingerbread mix and one of them is a sugar cookie house. It still works! (Tip- if you make sugar cookie houses, let your cookies cook a little longer, like 2 minutes, so they are more crispy than soft and cookie-ish. It'll stay together better that way and not crumble.)

And right after we finished, Ollie's front tooth came out! I don't think there's anything cuter than a kid missing a front teeth. Except maybe a kid missing 2 front teeth.

We saw some amaaaazing lights at a park. Totally worth the 15 bucks per car. I cried because it was so pretty. It will definitely become a yearly tradition to go there. Is it just me or are Christmas lights the pretties things ever? They instantly spark a happy little fire in my heart. Even just seeing the lights on my own tree or some little lights in a neighbors bushes.
And of course we saw Santa! It was THE CUTEST THING EVER. This Santa was amazing. I'm convinced he's the real deal. We met the real Santa. The line was long so he'd occasionally pop around the corner to play peek-a-boo with the kids and Alice saw him and walked right up to him for a hug. Bless her.
The best part was when Santa asked Ollie what he wanted for Christmas and Ollie said 'I just want a bell from one of your reindeer's collar'. They finished up talking with Santa and walked away and a second later Santa called Ollie back and handed him a sparkly green bell. 'This just fell off of Rudolph's harness this morning! Can you believe that? And you're the first child to ask for it. Merry Christmas, Oliver.' Oh, my heart. It grew 3 sizes. Big fat tears in my eyes. Ollie treasures that bell. I heard Santa saying to one of his helpers after 'you remember that toy that lost its bell today, well that little boy just asked me for a bell'. I wrote him a little note and left it there for him thanking him for making Christmas so magical for my kiddo. This is one of those things I'll remember forever.
What a merry Christmas it already is! I can't wait for Christmas eve, to do hot cocoa and a movie and new PJs and read a new Christmas book. Our Christmas Eve tradition is always to decorate cookies that day and leave a few out for Santa (and some carrots for the reindeer!) and we make reindeer food to sprinkle out in the yard. We read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas before bed and the kids camp out together in Alice's room. And then we magic the toys under the tree. :)
I love Christmas! My favorite time of the year. Blessings to you and yours. May your heart be full of nothing but love this season and always. Blessed be. xoxo

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