Maybe it's the crazy election season we just had here.
Maybe it's because there just doesn't seem to be a whole lot of happiness in the world right now.
Maybe it's because life has been a little crazy in my own world lately.
Maybe it's all of these things and more.
But for whatever reason, I'm longing for a gentle and simple Christmas this year. I'm longing for relaxing times spent with friends and family, renewing our annual traditions and enjoying all that the season affords us…if we take the time to embrace it.
Making this Christmas Wreath for my kitchen reminded me of the simple joys of Christmas and brought back many fond memories.
And making it made me realize that what I want, what I NEED is a very ‘gingerbread man' and ‘candy cane' kind of Christmas this year.
Does it get any kinder and sweeter than a gingerbread man? They've been around forever…they've withstood the test of time. They are reliable…and they smell good. Ummm…hey…they are the perfect man!
I'm opting for our traditional decorations…the ones that we have enjoyed putting up for years and that provide us with the comfort that traditions bring.
And I'm hoping that someone in my family will sit down and do a puzzle with me in front of the fire…hint!
I'm looking forward to baking with my daughter and I'm not going to worry about the pounds that come along with the enjoyment of those sweets.
I'm looking forward to making each moment count and each moment special…even the gift wrapping. I want each recipient to know that they are special to me.
These gingerbread men are from the same recipe that I used when I made them for the wreath. It's the Applesauce/Cinnamon dough.
In theory, it's equal parts applesauce and cinnamon, but if you have a thin applesauce (like I did), you'll need to add more cinnamon. When I do it again, I'll start with a 1 applesauce to 2 cinnamon powder ratio and add the applesauce as needed to get a stiff dough that will hold its shape when cut. It's a little trial and error.
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White puffy paint does a good job looking like icing.
Will you have a theme for Christmas this year? What are you most looking forward to?
Don't forget to pop over to my No Place Like Home Friends to see their ideas for gift wrapping this year. They are some clever gals, so I know they've got some great ideas.
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