Christmas Close-up

We all feel the holidays in our own way. At our house…it’s everywhere…

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Oooh. Great-grampa’s honey cake. When it’s cooking the whole neighborhood smells like Christmas.

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The ancient handmade ornaments that were made out of scraps and necessity, all those Christmases ago–and hung more tenderly each year.

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Making Gingerbread men in Grampa’s shop on Grampa’s crazy “glazed” pans. I swear we could hear him behind us singing and laughing the way he always did. How can we possibly have Christmas without him?

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Our tiny little Camelot in the snow.

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Milk. Chocolate. Fudge. Trust me.

Nothing more needs to be said.

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My very favorite thing–opening the marshmallow cream. Something about it poofing out of the bottle makes me laugh every darn time.

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What is it with babies and sprinkles? He played with them for an hour! Maybe he thought they were tiny gumballs or something.

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Every year, when I was a kid–without fail, there was a soft, shiny orange in the toe of our Christmas stocking.

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Oh, yes. Please do come visit us. We have snow and Chex Candy to share…

although, the clock might just be ticking on the candy!

It all comes together in different ways for all of us–doesn’t it–this lovely thing called Christmas?

Family, tinsel, candy plates…


What is it that makes the holidays sparkle at your house?

4 Replies to “Christmas Close-up”

  1. Making buckeyes every year and doing an advent calendar that my mother-in-law gave us. It is helping Mallory count better each year.

  2. Ok, was this posted cuz I called yesterday with a plea of “What is the best/fastest way to get the marshmallow poof out of the jar?”
    We did find that a metal frosting spatula worked pretty well. Will dip it in hot water for the next batch. (Most of this batch will be mailed out to my mom’s friends….some, of course had to be taste tested prior to boxing it up, heh,heh.)

  3. Did I mention that I made your milk chocolate fudge…and OH MY! They were scrumptious and did not last nearly long enough! I see why you make a double batch!!

  4. Ohhh Martha… Oh Christmas!!! *:D*

    I love this time of year. I love the way the christmas lights sparkle off the tinsel. I love the mixed up smell of chocolate, and peppermint, and gingerbread, and the heater kicking on! Ha ha ha… it does smell like something, promise! 😉 I love the crystal snow frozen all over the trees and the ground!!! I think it’s fun to bundle up and scurry outside and come home and remember how lucky we are to have a nice warm house to feel safe and cozy in!

    Merry Christmas everyone!!! *:D*

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