There’s just five days left until Christmas. The excitement is high in this house, helped along by a hefty dose of sugar cookies, I’m sure. Each night we’ve been baking or making little holiday crafts and cards, and each morning we wake up to find out what mischief our Elf on the Shelf has gotten into.
It’s a busy and hectic month, yes, but it’s also so much fun. Today I spent some time wrapping presents and listening to Christmas music. There’s something incredibly comforting about classic holiday tunes. It brings me back to shopping at the mall with my mom as a young girl. I loved looking in the windows and riding the old monorail at the mall.
Merry Christmas Things
I made little embellishments for my gifts this year with the DIY orange slices I made last week, cinnamon sticks, and some simple greenery.
This year my boys’ teachers and their teaching assistants are getting gifts from my favorite planner company, Erin Condren. What teacher wouldn’t love a crisp new journal and marker set, or a new planner to start the year?
This past weekend I hosted my family for our annual cookie making party. It’s one of my favorite days of December when we all get together and bake and laugh and eat. I made a huge pot of our family-favorite soup, ribollita, with Italian bread while the kids decorated gingerbread houses. We made batches of pizzelles and I ate more gingerbread men than I will admit to.
The cookie baking may be done for the season, but I’m still looking at sweet treat recipes that I’ve never tried before. I’d love to try my hand at making this recipe for sea salt caramels, or this one for homemade marshmallows. I think both would make lovely gifts.
Our family gets together every Christmas Eve for a big Italian dinner party. I grew up going to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve, and then my mom took over the tradition, and now this is my second year hosting. I love this tradition so much, almost more than Christmas day. It’s filled with memories that I’m happy my own kids will grow up with, too.
We all chip in and bring delicious foods and the kids run around sneaking punch and peeks at their presents under the tree. It’s loud and fun and all about just being together as a family. I posted the menu I planned out on my Instagram Stories after so many people asked what an Italian Christmas looks like.
I know that a traditional Italian Christmas includes the Feast of Seven Fishes, but my family isn’t much into seafood. We like to stick to our carbs and good cheese.
As we wind down this season of bustle, I wish you all tidings of comfort and joy with those you love. I’ll be taking the next couple of weeks off to spend time with my family and get energized and focused on the new year. As always, I’m thankful that you choose to spend some time with me here in this creative space. I’ll see you in the new year, or you can catch me daily on Instagram here,