i am going to take a little bloggy break until after christmas - we are driving to utah tomorrow to spend christmas with some friends there and enjoy the cold!
missing my family of course, and the traditions of a christmas at home, but i feel so much love around me and i am grateful for this time to focus on the reason we celebrate christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ. my mum started a tradition when we were kids and we have carried it on with ivy - on christmas eve we would read the christmas story from the bible (actually, she had printed it out with pictures into a cool scrapbook to make it more fun for us - i must do this!!) and then we would all go outside to 'look' for the star...we would find the brightest star in the sky and feel so happy...then go inside and hang our stockings ready for bed. for me, this was one of the most special things about christmas!
this one we received last year, and i just adore it! my mum works in a nursing home and one of the old ladies knitted the whole thing and had it for sale. i can just imagine how many hours went into all these details which makes it even more precious.
our lovely tree - i don't want to ever take it down! ever ornament has a story and a memory behind it. as kids, we all had our own box of decorations - our mum would get us each a new one every year, sometimes handmade, sometimes related to something we were into at the time. she wrote our name and the year on the back of them, and when we left home we got to keep our box of decorations. she still gives me a new one every year (this year, i think i got 4!)...and now i too give one to her and my aunties (who also send me one each year). this year i made little soldered charms as ornaments...
i wanted to share a couple of my special ornaments my mum made when i was just little...every year they have been so special to me, and now even more so that we are so far apart (*sniff*)
so these are made from an eggshell, i don't know how she cut the hole but they are covered in glitter and we had a whole bunch of them with different things inside...i thought they were SO magical and beautiful and i still do! this little felt stocking has my name and 1981 on the back :)
and if i could, i would give you all a little basket of rocky road! i make it every christmas for friends and neighbours, i had to improvise a bit with the candy situation (no raspberry lollies here!) but it still turned out very delish!
so it is very easy to make if you want to try! here is the recipe:
in a large bowl mix
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups marshmallows (use mini or cut big ones in half)
1 packet of raspberry lollies/similar gummi candy chopped into small pieces
melt 2 packets of milk choc-chips in a double boiler style thing! pour melted chocolate into bowl and mix everything so it is covered in chocolate. spread into a baking pan and let sit in the fridge for a few hours. then cut into squares and enjoy!
so i wish you all a safe, peaceful and magical christmas time - enjoy, breathe and take it all in! and hopefully relax too ;)
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! xxx