Here's a bit of greenery I made for our side porch:
IT"S ALL ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Speaking of Christmas cookies, I've discovered that any cookie recipe becomes a Christmas cookie, if you frost it and add some sprinkles.
Another homemade item that says "Christmas" are homemade pomanders.
I finally got my nativity set glued back together. It is one of the focal points of our Christmas decor. The stable was built by my grandfather during the Depression from scrap lumber he had lying about his farm.
Growing up, it had celluloid figurines from Woolworths that my grandmother had painted, but eventually they all broke and had to be replaced. We were always allowed to play with the creche. It's a wonderful way for children to learn the Christmas story, acting it out with the figures.
Years ago, I used to spend days decorating for the holidays but now I just do little touches here and there like this tannenbaum candy mold hanging from a ribbon with a sprig of red berries.
Another homemade decoration is paper snowflakes. Here's how to fold and cut them:
Step 1: Fold a regular sheet of copy or writing paper to make a triangle, like this:
Cut off the excess paper at the top and save for making lists.
Step 2: Fold the paper into a smaller triangle.
THRIFTY THINGS WE DID THIS WEEK
Heated our house with wood.
Washed our clothes in the old wringer washer, saving on water and detergent.
Reused the rinse water for flushing toilets.
Hung the clothes in the woodstove room to dry, thus putting humidifying the air.
Baked cookies for inexpensive Christmas gifts.
Discovered it was cheaper to ship presents in our boxes, then those pre-paid ones at the post office.
Re-used Christmas card from the past (there's always a few left in the box, rather than ditch them, just put them away with your decorations at the end of the year. In a few years, you'll have enough so you won't need to buy any)
Walked almost everywhere because we thought our car was having a problem. Today we figured it out on our own saving us mega bucks at the mechanics!
Ate from the pantry.
Started knitting a hat from my yarn stash.
Watched a Christmas movie on Hulu for free.
Used our cash-back incentives at Walgreens to get our items (cashews on sale) for free.
So that's it! Not the most exciting week, but that's OK, because sometimes we just need quiet! Hope everyone is enjoying this Advent season. Always remember that joy is within your reach!