Lovey enjoys being my little helper in the kitchen when I am baking or cooking but especially baking. He always says “Mama make cookies?!” Because of this Santa may be bringing a certain little someone a play kitchen for Christmas this year, but you didn’t hear that from me.
When I came across an adult and child make your own gingerbread aprons in last years after Christmas sales I snagged them up knowing they would be perfect to make and wear with Lovey the upcoming Christmas and hopefully many more Christmas’s there after.
The first order of baking business once the aprons were finished was to make gingerbread cookies, it only seemed fitting. So we made gingerbread ‘people.’
Our day was filled not just with sweet cookies but sweet memories to last a lifetime. ♥
Do you remember the Christmas tree ornament tradition Lovey and I began last year?
This year we made a gingerbread boy one.
Every Christmas I put together stockings and send them to my family back home. This year I figured since they already have several from over the years that I would do things a little different. After making the bulb wreath I had a lot of the empty containers that they came in so I used them to make stocking stuffers for the stockings they already have.
I filled them up with all of their favorite candy leaving some room at the top to add a few extra special things.
I wrapped them up and added foil paper and ribbon to seal the tops. So simple to make which saved me a lot of time for another project coming soon.
The day after Thanksgiving we headed down town with Mister Mister’s family for the annual tree lighting.
Mister Mister, his mom and Lovey.
We drank hot coco and Lovey played with his cousins.
While we waited for Santa to arrive to light the tree his elfs handed out candy canes to all the children.
Unfortunately we were on the far side of the plaza and did not get a good view of Santa when he arrived on his secondary form of transportation, a fire truck.
Lovey didn’t even take notice though as he was too busy running around and enjoying his first ever candy cane.
I do believe he is a fan, judging by the minty ring that was around his mouth and sticky mittened hands!
Lovey eventually climbed on Daddy’s shoulders to get a view of the tree that was soon to be lit.
It is a fun tradition I hope we continue every year.
Afterwards we headed home, curled up by the fire place and watched Christmas movies until Lovey fell asleep!
Oh Christmas tree!
Oh Christmas tree!
How lovely are thy branches!
Those are the only words to that song that I know.
That is okay though, Lovey didn’t seem to mind that I sang them over and over and overrrr again while we decorated our tree earlier this month.
He was a good little helper!
He really got wrapped up in helping me with the garland.
Meticulously checking to make sure all the lights were working properly.
And that the ornaments were securely in place.
I remember the feeling of being so young, so innocent and the Christmas tree being so magical that I could sit and stare at it forever the way Lovey is doing here.
We decorated the tree in the family room with white and blue lights, and silver and blue garland as well as ornaments.
And the wrapping paper coordinated too!
My mom gave Mister Mister’s and I this tree skirt for our first Christmas tree years ago.
I love the angels that adorn it.
We put a mini tree in the kitchen, that way I could really get into a festive mood as I did my holiday baking!
A jolly little tree it was, with its kaleidoscope of colored ornaments and lights.
Every Christmas growing up at my parents house we had special Christmas bells that went on the tree that lit up and played Christmas melodies.
My parents bought them in 1982, awhile before I was even though of!
They worked every year without fail until 2006 when sadly, they played their last note.
We all took it pretty hard, for they had been a staple of Christmas in our lives for decades.
Luckily, I found a substitute. Mini bell-shaped lights that played the same tunes that brought back all my childhood Christmas memories.
So I purchased my parents a set for their tree and one for mine as well.
I put them on the tree in the kitchen because they make me happy and well, that is where I spend most of my time.
I hope Lovey will have fond memories of these musical lights, like I have of the ones I grew up looking forward to pulling out of the Christmas trunk each year.
Although it’s time to pack them away again for another year I can’t wait until next Christmas when the their sounds fill our home with smiles!