Friday, December 26, 2008


I'll admit it, I am wiped out. But I got the cards out, the decorations up, the gifts wrapped and 8 varieties of cookies baked. I got the house cleaned and 2 casseroles and pies and a ham made for Christmas dinner. My sister and her family came over for dinner, as did my mother, and we had a wonderful time.

I am soooo wiped out. I would love to vegetate today, but the laundry was piling up and jars of cream were taking up too much space in the fridge, so I had to wash a couple of loads and make butter.

Here are a few photos to share with you:

These are the gingerbread hands that I made for the children's stockings.

The kids, all cleaned up for Mass.
The tree, looking pretty good, even after Dominic knocked it over.
And here are a few of my favorite ornaments (I have so many favorites, most of them hand-sculpted and painted by my sister, but I could spend hours trying to photograph them and get them uploaded):

Here is Puss In Boots, made by my sister,

Here is one from my childhood in Germany, the Holy Family in a nutshell,

A very old, tiny nutcracker, with a functional jaw,

And a fairy-baby I made, complete with real butterfly wings. Click on it for a larger image.

I hope everyone had as pleasant a Christmas Day as we had. Now that the Big Day is done, I'm going to try to enjoy the other 11 days of Christmas in a slightly more relaxed manner!


  1. Great pic of the kids. The tree is gorgeous. I was sick before Christmas, felt better CHristmas Day and now feel yukky again. God is good to give me a reprieve on His birthday. :)

    Hope you get a chance to unwind and relax. The Holy days do take a lot outta ya!

  2. Your children are beautiful and your house is inspiring (that tree is gorgeous)!!! I don't know how you do found time to do it all and still bake! I only had energy to make sure my kids all had baths/showers before Christmas Mass! :) Take some time out to rest!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. The answer, Danette, is that I am nuts. Usually I am more organized than I was this year, so it isn't too tough...but I had to give my kids an extra week off from school this year to get it all done. Not that they had a problem with that...

    I am relaxing now. And promising myself that I will start preparing for Christmas 2009 in July!

  4. Merry Christmas! Your family is beautiful!

    And I love those cookies you baked.

  5. Merry Christmas, Nadja! I love all the pictures! The gingerbread hands are darling, the ornaments lovely (I especially like the fairy baby and the Holy Family in the nutshell), the tree ever so pretty, and the children absolutely beautiful! You are blessed, my friend.


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