My favorite things…Christmas 2018

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Wow, that flew by. I can’t believe Christmas is over. What a fun time we had this year with it. I usually do a post once a month of my favorite post but instead I thought it would be fun to do a post this month on my favorite gifts this month. Not all of them came wrapped either. Remember it’s the little things that mean the most. So here they are starting with number 20 and they are in random order, not one is better then the rest, they all come from a place of love.

 

 

  1. All the tiny and colorful items I pulled out of my stocking, Colorful paintbrushes, little pine tree brackets, turquoise bear earrings, and loads and loads of chocolates.

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  1. This wooden sled. Is it a sled? Anyway, it represents one to me. It’s like a whole family out for a ride together and at the end they even loaded up their furry family members.Or is it Santa out for a ride with the kids and pets. Looks like the one on the end is a little mouse. Too adorable. This was the gift I unwrapped Christmas eve. We unwrap one gift on Christmas eve. When I was a little girl my family unwrapped all the gifts Christmas eve but my husband being Italian did not understand this tradition so we made a compromise. Now we unwrap one gift on that night only.

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  1. Christmas cards. That’s right, cards. I still love getting an old fashioned letter or card at Christmas time in the mail. I especially like the ones that come with a letter and update of what went on in that whole year with everyone. Those are so fun to read. This years letter from one of my cousins out in California started off with the less fortunate out in the world. Reminding us all what really is important, she asked that everyone keep in their prayers the 20,000+ people in Northern California who have lost their homes in the last two years to forest fires. And to not forget the ones that have lost their lives because of that. Sometimes if it isn’t staring us in the face we forget about everything else going on out in the world, especially if you don’t watch the news all day long. So please send out your prayers and well wishes to others out there in the world every day and as much as possible.

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  1. Gingerbread houses. We started this tradition when our kids were tiny. Getting sticky together, eating more candies then decorating the house with, and just having fun being silly. Our houses aren’t about looks, they are always about having fun. A few years back we stopped using the kits because the houses never got eaten. Now we make them fresh.

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  1. Pizza-My husband finally got his pizza oven. We can take this thing anywhere, even up on a mountain with us, if we are stubborn enough that is. Wood burned Italian style pizzas are super delicious. We have not only been eating these ourselves but been sharing with others as well. My husband just loves cooking for people.

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  1. Christmas lights- It is so fun seeing what the neighbors come up with every year. Also I love driving around the city with my family checking out colorful lights everywhere while drinking hot cocoa. I don’t have a photo of the outside lights but here is one of some light displays we had inside our home. And as always, our cats just love hanging out by our Christmas decorations.

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  1. Our Christmas tree- this year I decided to keep things simple.I ended up picking a little tree at a second hand shop on the way out of the town in the woods up near Our little red house. We had donated our old tree last year because I wanted to get live ones every year instead. The tree shortage made things a little too expensive this year though so I just grabbed this one for $7 and it included lights, ribbon and ornaments. Of course I added a ton of my favorite wooden ornaments as well.

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  1. Oranges-every year around this time, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without getting an orange or two.

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  1. Our furry family members- They keep us sane throughout the year, so I actually consider them the gift that keeps on giving. A little secret though, sometimes they drive us insane a little too, but it’s all good. Every year they takes turns hanging out under our tree while watching people walk by outside.

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  1. Nativities- I love seeing these beautiful scenes out in our state. We also have a few live ones to see throughout the city during this month. One has live Camels and it is the most beautiful show I have ever seen performed, with flying angels and costumes.It is just breathtaking and so beautiful to watch live.

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  1. Cookies and other treats from our neighbors- this year our neighbors not only gifted us with beautiful cards but cookies, boxes of chocolates and tamales.

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  1. Festival of lights- this is a beautiful event that only happens once a year on one day only. Over 3,000 luminaries are hand lit around partially restored ancient ruins of the Salado people. It dates back to the time between A.D. 1225 and A.D. 1400. If you are ever in Arizona during the month of December do not miss this event, it is breathtaking.

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  1. This years gifts from our hearts- my gifts are yet to come because they will take awhile to complete and we were a little busy this year with health issues so everything got put on the back burner as they say. For my garden, I have mosaics with all the broken glass I have collected over the years that are coming, a french farm table for my kitchen that my husband and son are working on at the moment and a tiled back splash in our kitchen as well. All these projects are being made with recycled items too. I can’t wait to see all of them once finished. I know they will be special.

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  1. Family get togethers- We did a cookie exchange, that was so much fun. Then with some other family members we all hung out watching a hockey game. It is always nice spending time with family and that includes extended family members too.

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  1. A kaleidoscope- I have quite the toy collection but I didn’t have one of these. I remember sitting outside under a tree, pointing this towards the light and leaves, looking at all the colorful designs it would produce when I was a little girl. This was one of my favorite toys as a child.

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  1. This adorable little bunny. I collect these cast iron critters. They are pretty small so they don’t take up a lot of room. They also go great with any home decor colors. They are really heavy when you pick them up too. Someday I may have my husband and son try to make me a wooden ark so I can start storing my cast iron critters in Noah’s ark.

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  1. My hiking trip to the garden in Superior Arizona. I Loved this day and it will forever be stored in my memory bank as one of my favorite days I spent with my husband and kids.

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  1. Scented candles. I got two this year. Jasmine and a soy candle that smells like candied chestnuts.

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  1. Handmade Christmas ornaments- One afternoon when I checked my mailbox I pulled out a special envelope all the way from Oklahoma. When I opened it, there was the cutest little hand painted snowman ornament inside. Thank you MarDean, my cousin but more like a half sister since our fathers were identical twins. This was such a beautiful surprise.

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  1. My voice-it came back the first week of December. It was kind of back for November but I was still struggling a bit with it. Then one morning I woke up and was talking like I normally do and my husband and kids just looked at me strange so I stopped speaking “What?” and they all said “Your voice is back”. So thank you God, the doctor and nurses for that special gift. When you lose something you always had it is hard to get used to no longer having it. That’s when you really learn to appreciate just how good things are. So please remember, it’s those little things that mean the most.

 

Photo on main page was the sunset we all were gifted with here in Arizona on Christmas. It was the perfect gift and ending to a very special day. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day as well and whatever gift you received whether it was a beautiful sunset from God, spending time with someone you love, a good meal, or a small treasure that makes you smile…be grateful for those little things, their the best. Have a Happy New Year everyone.

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