It's that time of year again. I used to love Christmas, the decorating, the shopping, the baking, Christmas caroling, driving around looking at the decorated houses. It was such a great time to see friends and family. Lucinda Stambaugh, my favorite MIL, God bless her soul, used to do it all for Christmas. I loved Christmas at her house. We were always making candy and baking cookies, and having a few little hot toddies. lol I loved her hard tack candy (Amy still makes it for Christmas), potato candy, divinity, peanut brittle, buckeyes and more. And Grandma Evans recipe for pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing. uummm uummm uummm!
Wrapping presents was an "event". We would go over to the little house and presents would be stacked everywhere. And she had rolls and rolls of paper and every ribbon and wrapping decoration known to woman. She had embellishments she had put on the boys presents every year since birth. We would both be straddled out on the floor, carefully wrapping and decorating each gift. They each had to be just perfect, and the bows were spectacular. It was just so much fun and your butt was numb for days afterwards. lol
Her tree was always beautiful. Unlike ours which always seemed to be crooked. For at least 3 years I had to brace it to the ceiling with little wires to keep it from falling over. I don't even put a tree up in our little cottage anymore. There is not enough room, it is just too much work for me physically and I don't feel up to it emotionally either. I know I haven't decorated since dad died. I did buy a wreath for the front door last year, but that's the extent of it. I have 5 or 6 big totes in the basement with Christmas stuff in them that I haven't even looked at for years. Maybe someday I will get back to it, but not this year.
Anyway, I was just looking at some of my favorite blogs and the beautiful vintage Christmas decorations they had, and it just brought back some wonderful Christmas memories and I came here to write them down. So to all my friends and family... Have a Beautiful Christmas and share it with those you love!