I love logging on here and reading all of the ways that people are getting ready for Christmas, all over the world; or for the winter holiday, if Christmas isn’t your thing.
It very much is our thing in this family, the children are already barely able to sleep with the excitement, (which means they are barely able to get up for school in the mornings!) and the house is being cleaned and tidied ready for the celebrations.
As yet we have no tree up, no decorations either, apart from the advent calendars pinned to the wall. I am trying, as much as possible, to keep many of the preparations spiritual in nature, so that the children can think about the true meaning of Christmas – then I will let them go crazy for the last few days so that they can enjoy the present-wrapping, sweetie-eating, and Elf-watching too. (You need to have a little balance, I think!)
The kids have written their Santa letters, of course, and they know that new toys will be arriving in the middle of the night, but they are also saying prayers at night for “anyone who is lonely at Christmas,” and “for the baby Jesus to have a happy birthday,” both of which brought tears to my eyes.
One of the ways we have been preparing for Christmas has been to make some Christmas fudge, as presents for the childrens’ teachers and teaching assistants. Who knew that fudge would be so easy to make? Probably not the most traditional recipe, but it was just a matter of opening a tin of condensed milk (I love!) and adding some melted chocolate, then heating in a saucepan, and stirring in the “extra” of your choice, such as crushed up Oreo cookies. It didn’t take too long, and apart from the hot saucepan it was a great make for the kids to join in with – they especially love the crushing of the biscuits and the eating of the other ingredients!
The floor may be a little sticky in places now but it is starting to feel very Christmassy, and I think we will be making some more batches of lovely fudge for sharing out when we put the tree up, on Sunday. In fact, I think this is one recipe that will be re-used and repeated many, many times in this house!
Hope everyone had a great weekend, and is having a lovely Monday. 🙂