needle felted ornament by Sunshine
Sunsine's "tree" made from a coat rack for her dolls, with presents for her dolls, too
making the stuffing....yum!
We are in the midst of the Christmas season, as we finish our holidays on January 6th here, when we take down our tree. But for now, it stays up to bring light and magic to our days.
And our days have indeed been filled with lots of magic and beauty...the spirit of giving was the most natural one yet for my three children. I was overwhelmed with all the gifts they made for me...such thoughtful treasures including lucky pennies carefully wrapped, several drawings with endearments of love, handstitched pouches for knitting supplies, and painted papier mache horses for the piano top. Love.
We spent the celebrations at home with grandparents and an uncle coming for dinner...oh, the excitement at entertaining family! While I felt completely exhausted by the next day, it was also very heartwarming to see the love and kindness we all showered on each other, even if it is short-lived or rather, interrupted by the inevitable sibling dynamics. There are always those tender feelings for each other warming like embers deep within. And for this mama, that is the biggest gift of all.
Before other family members arrived, we had some time for a visit to our four-legged or feathered friends outdoors. We peeked in to see if the farm tomtem ate up the Christmas cake we left in the hayshed (yes! not a crumb left ~ hopefully he will bring us a prosperous and lucky year ahead!). We gave treats of special scratch to beloved chickens and a little handfed hay to the sheep. Of course, our three big dogs got a lot of scratches of another variety, too.
Yes, if all I remember from this holiday is one thing...it is surely the affection and kindness my children showered on those they love.
Wishing you all a relaxing, quiet time with your loved ones as we say goodbye to 2014!