Christmas is packed – but we have our memories!

I may be the last of the bloggers to share our special Christmas memories.  Oh well better late than never – right?!

I love Christmas – the grandkids make it even more special.  Each year they come over to help trim the tree and put out my Snow Village houses.  Also at some time during the Christmas break we decorate gingerbread houses.  I purchase the pre made houses, not brave enough to attempt baking our own yet…..  Over the years they have become quite the little artists, I love to watch them be creative.  I don’t show them the photos on the box or give them any other ideas for how to decorate their houses – this is there thing!

The Village Church

The Village Church

The Tree is Trimmed!

The Tree is Trimmed!

The Stockings are Filled!

The Stockings are Filled!

My first pie with homemade pie crust.  It was huckleberry and very tasty!

My first pie with homemade pie crust. It was huckleberry and very tasty!

My beautiful daughter in law!

My beautiful daughter in law!

The grandkids gave me charms this year - the one was from Mr. B

The grandkids gave me charms this year – the one was from Mr. B

We like to give a gift that my son and his wife wouldn't expect - this year was an enamel cast iron cooking pot, with confetti and look closer - we crumpled up cash in with the confetti - 1's, 5's, 10's and 20's.  It was pretty fun!

We like to give a gift that my son and his wife wouldn’t expect – this year was an enamel cast iron cooking pot, with confetti and look closer – we crumpled up cash in with the confetti – 1’s, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s. It was pretty fun!

Mr. B had asked for a new train for Grandpa - this is a really cool train!  It really isn't for grandpa!

Mr. B had asked for a new train for Grandpa – this is a really cool train! It really isn’t for grandpa!

The train engineer!

The train engineer!

And Little Toot with her present.  (momma is a little jealous!)

And Little Toot with her present. (momma is a little jealous!).  That is a lace heart for the sound hole.

Getting the feel!  Always encourage children to make and enjoy music - think what your life would be without music!

Getting the feel! Always encourage children to make and enjoy music – think what your life would be without music!

Pre-decorating.  Side-note:  The icing did not dry like glue this year, so hubby used epoxy to build the houses.  We build before the children arrive because the icing/glue needs to set before decorating.

Pre-decorating. Side-note: The icing did not dry like glue this year, so hubby used epoxy to build the houses. We build before the children arrive because the icing/glue needs to set before decorating.

The new Cake Bosses!  Those containers are filled with various candies!

The new Cake Bosses! Those containers are filled with various candies!

This years box came with fondant - this was a lot of fun to add to the houses - guess I will have to learn how to make fondant now!

This years box came with fondant – this was a lot of fun to add to the houses – guess I will have to learn how to make fondant now!

More fondant creations -  with cookie cutters from my friend Jerrianne!

More fondant creations – with cookie cutters from my friend Jerrianne!

Little Toot's - I love what she did to her windows!

Little Toot’s – I love what she did to her windows!

Mr. B - look at the chimney he made!

Mr. B – look at the chimney he made!

How much stuff can he put on it!  This is Mr. B's - he only decorated the front!

How much stuff can he put on it! This is Mr. B’s – he only decorated the front!  He also figure out that 2 candy canes make a heart!.  On the left is a fondant wreath he decorated – I think it fell of the house and that is why it is squished now!

Little Toot with here's.

Little Toot with her creation!

The back of Little Toot's - I love the collar and bow on her reindeer!

The back of Little Toot’s – I love the collar and bow on her reindeer! She also made the fondant tree on the bottom – it had so many decorations on it, it was sliding down the house.

Hubby surprised me with this fabulous table, made by a young neighbor from recycled wood.  (Her original prototype for a school project was made from a pallet!)  And my son and his family surprised us with a wonderful photo album of memories from our trip to Disney World!

Hubby surprised me with this fabulous table, made by a young neighbor from recycled wood. (Her original prototype for a school project was made from a pallet!) And my son and his family surprised us with a wonderful photo album of memories from our trip to Disney World!

And as the back photo on our memory book says…..

Until Next Time!

Denise

About hollydeequilts

I am a wife, mom, grandma and quilter. I also enjoy gardening and dabble in genealogy. And I love Pinterest!
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