If You Aren’t Flexible, You’ll Break

If you aren’t flexible, you’ll break.

That’s what my mother said when I called to explain the changes in our Christmas plans.

We’ve been planning for months on having Christmas at our new house with some of both or our extended families. There would be 11 people at our house for dinner and a nice time was to be had. We’d gotten all of the food, determined the best configuration of the dining room to seat 11 people, planned the schedule to spend a little time with my relatives, a little time with Brad’s and some time with all of us together. Then it all changed.

In the same day, I had two phone calls that led to my conversation with my mom about being flexible. One of my relatives dropped out. Then it was determined that Brad’s mom wouldn’t be able to make the drive up to our house since she’s recovering from surgery. So, we changed our plans. My mom and her husband came over on Christmas Eve, spent the night and had Christmas morning with them. Then we packed up all of the food that we got, took it down to Brad’s parents’ house and I made Christmas dinner for 8 people. I’m pretty proud of the meal I made.

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A Sneaky Kind of Christmas and Trip to Frankenmuth

Maybe it’s the fact that the last several weeks have been hovering in the 50 degree range, or that we’ve been crazy busy, it just seems that Christmas snuck up on us.

We waited until the last minute to finish getting gifts for people. Last night I finished wrapping them. I guess we’re ready for Christmas though.

We did have the opportunity to get a little more in the Christmas spirit by visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan with my mom and her husband.

Frankenmuth is known for being Christmas Central. We started our visit with a trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the store that has everything Christmas. They seriously have ornaments for everything.

The entire town is Bavarian themed. I love the look and feel of the whole town. After Bronner’s we walked up and down the main street. We checked out several different shops featuring fudge, cheese, taffy, quilts, toys and clocks.

Making fudge

Herman the German is a statue who serves fudge in a shop

The clock shop was one of my favorite places to visit. They had intricate Black Forest cuckoo clocks and lovely grandfather clocks.

We wrapped up the day with dinner at the Bavarian Inn. The place was incredibly charming, the service was great and the food was excellent. The Frankenmuth chicken was the highlight and their potato puffs were addictive.

Some of the things we weren’t able to heck out on this trip but would like to see in the future were Michigan’s oldest brewery and the Frankenmuth distillery.

Where’s the most Christmasy place you’ve ever been?

(Most of the pictures in the post are Brad’s.)

Decorating a New House for Christmas

Before we got married, I had a 3-foot Christmas tree in my room. Our first Christmas together in our apartment, we were given a hand-me-down tree from my in-laws. Then when we moved into the Pelham House we bought a bigger tree. Most of our holiday decorations were gotten for specific uses in the Pelham House, which had an expansive mantle and built-in shelves.

We have yet to put a nail in the wall since building this house and our mantle is smaller, so trying to figure out where decorations go in the new place was fun.

We put our big tree in the main family, the middle-sized tree in the formal living room and my short tree in the office loft. And scattered decorations around various places.

Here’s a brief tour:

Outside is minimally decorated

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DIY Embroidery Hoop Snowmen Ornaments

Remember when I shared my mother-in-law’s crystal-looking Easter eggs? Well I’ve got a Christmas craft from her for you today.

Every year my in-laws put up several Christmas trees (10 this year), my favorite is her snowman tree, which this year got some crafty additions.

Embroidery hoop snowmen ornaments.

What You Need (makes two ornaments):

  • 5-inch embroidery hoop
  • 3-inch embroidery hoop
  • Sisal/twine
  • Glue
  • Accessories (ribbon and fabric scraps work great for this)

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The Gift and the Giver

I hope that you had a lovely Christmas!

Brad and I were discussing some of the differences in the feelings of the season between childhood and adulthood. One thing I’ve been thinking about with Christmas this year is that gift giving is amazing (okay I’ve always loved gift giving) and that it says more about the giver than the givee. (I know, “recipient” not givee, but that worked with my statement better.)

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