On Christmas Eve, Beatrix asked if she could be the one to repair our baby Jesus doll. She was a toddler the year I made this simple doll and now she is old enough to sew.
The girls cut down a small tree on a friend’s property for their bedroom.
Giacomo, one of their cats settled in under the tree right next to his gifts and we all found that hilarious. Years ago, when Larkspur made the “CAT” stocking, she remarked that she was keeping the name generic so it could be used by whichever cat is her favorite each year.
Silas and Job also have their own little tree and they made paper ornaments to decorate it.
Larkspur sang with a small choir at the 8:30 vigil Mass at our church. With the exception of Seth and Gabe who went to midnight Mass, we all went to that service.
Keats played a couple of songs on the organ, but we missed the first one. He and Larkspur had to be there early, so we came later in a separate car. I forgot that the music starts a half-hour before Mass at Christmas Masses! When Keats walked down from the choir loft to play his second piece, I snuck out my camera. I explained to a questioning elderly man sitting next to where I stood that that was my son at the organ. He told me several times (loudly) that I should go over there and stand next to him while he played, finally asserting that if that was his son he’d be over there. “Go on! Go on!” he insisted. It was really a funny scene. Especially if you know Keats and know me. Keats would not have wanted me to do that and I didn’t want to stand next to him in that crowded church while he played either! I finally told the man that it would embarrass Keats if I stood next to him and he accepted that. This wasn’t really the truth (it would have distracted him terribly if I walked over there, but not necessarily embarrassed him-might have embarrassed me a bit) but I didn’t know what else to say. When I told Keats about it later that night he looked at me with horror at the mere thought and remarked that he wouldn’t have been able to play at all had I done that.
I take this photo every year. Mabel was asleep at this point and I don’t know where Silas and Job had gone!
Larkspur made these for me! Each one has a different Christmas themed fragrance. She used actual pine, cedar, dried oranges, etc.
Jonny made me a little bird key ring.
Larkspur and Beatrix’s “big gifts” this year were flannel nightgowns (The really nice ones from LL Bean). I wanted something similar for Mabel, so I sewed a gown using some flannel that I have had stashed away for many years. I can’t remember why I bought it-it must have been on sale! I don’t really like the print, but it is really nice quality flannel. I don’t do much garment sewing anymore and I put off sewing this until the last few days before Christmas. I was so happy when it was finished! Sadly, it swallows Mabel, but that will be a good thing in another year or two when it still fits her.
Larkspur has been asking for new fingerless mitts for months, so a few weeks before Christmas I cast on a pair of Skog mitts for her. They came together pretty quickly so I decided that I should knit some for Beatrix as well.
I chose a simpler pattern for Beatrix and those were so quick to knit that I decided to knit some for Silas, Job, and Mabel too!
And then I saw a simple project idea on Instagram: pocket warmers! These are just little pouches (about 4″ square when finished) filled with rice that the kids can warm in the microwave and put in their pockets before going out into the cold. These were quick to make and are great stocking stuffers!
We took a Christmas Day walk through the woods and now I have a stack of dirty fingerless mitts to wash!
This puzzle was my Christmas present to myself. Jonny and I were so absorbed in it that we finished it on Christmas Day!
Larkspur and Beatrix hosted their second annual Christmas party for the younger kids. They do extra chores to earn money and then I take them to buy their party supplies. They had egg nog and butterscotch soda, pomegranate, and chocolate truffles. An odd combination of things but they were happy!
I’m fighting my natural urge to stay busy and trying to relax! Time to start another puzzle? Or maybe a knitting project? The past few weeks have been so full of preparation that it’s a little disorienting to be in the midst of the Christmas season now with nothing pressing. I’m terrible at switching gears! I’m thankful for children who are far more flexible and enthusiastic than I am!
I hope that those of you who celebrate are enjoying your Christmas!