Yoikes. The other day I wandered the local mall, kiddies in tow, starting that insane yearly venture known as Christmas shopping. Wow. Every year the craziness of the frenzy hits me anew, as I watch people frantically grabbing this and that and cringe at ads that promise better futures with better presents. And I wondered as I wandered :)....
However, there are so many fun things about this time of year that make it stand apart - simple indulgences, sweet traditions and yes, even comforting nostalgia. Here are just a few favorites....
Recipes - nothing says yummy like a bowl-full of carmel corn WITH peanuts! My first batch (sans peanuts!) did not last very long. I look forward to more! Give this a try: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/006139caramel_corn.php
Crafty things - I love browsing Better Homes and Gardens and Michaels for fun, creative, often inexpensive ideas. Of course, most of it is browsing, and not actually COMPLETING a project, but every so often, I come up with a winner (or a dud, and those get left at the back of the closet!) Just for fun: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/christmas/crafts/handmade-holiday-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.350647&esrc=nwwu24_09&email=859244215
Soft lights, soft music - for a little online carolling, visit: http://www.accuradio.com/holidays/
And of course, the retelling of the ancient story. Thank you Jesus.