Magical Memories

Do you strive to create magical memories during Christmas?  I lie awake creating scenes to put in play for my loved ones, so that they will remember them always.

A Wonderful Christmas is Required at Blue Willow Cottage.  I actually have a planning day one day each month during the year (on the 25th of each month) to get ready for the One and Only Season.  I have a thick, red, important Christmas Notebook.  I keep notes, lists, recipes, and my December calendar in it.  I keep it on the shelf above my desk, and refer to it often all year long.  With all of the flurry of activity during the busy holidays, I would never be able to do one fraction of the fun things we do if I had not planned ahead.  I really enjoy my special planning days (affectionately called “Rudy Day” by my son).  One day I will write a post on what I do to prepare each month.
I push myself in December, it’s true.  There is so much good to do.  There are so many who need encouragement, help, and FUN.  I include children in my plans.  I volunteer to babysit for the children of working Moms at our church (for those days of School Break when mom still has to work).  Yesterday was one such day.  Two very special young ladies visited Blue Willow, and helped us make a vacation day from school extra special.
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Hannah Makes Peanut Butter Cookies

We expect to have a marvelous time, and we DO!  As Christmas approaches, the excitement grows!  Here is a sneak peak of one of our special “help a Mom out days” during the Christmas Break. 

Hannah and Rachel are precious members of our congregation at the local church of Christ.  Allie, their mother, in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, realized last week that she was out of vacation days.  It was a pleasure to help out, and to enjoy them here at the Cottage all day.  

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Putting on Aprons and Scarves for our Baking Session

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Since every corner of our home is festively adorned, we dressed up to match, and had a ball making some special Cookies

 

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The atmosphere was joyous as we mixed and measured, stirred and poured. The girls really enjoyed baking.

 

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I believe in letting the children do as much as they are able and desire to do in my Kitchen. Hannah is quite an accomplished baker, so my job was to snap photos!

 

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Enough Cookies were made for both their home and ours, with extras to put on platters to give away to friends and neighbors!

 

Christmas can be a very easy time to SHINE the light of our LORD’s love with just a little bit of planning and effort.  I like creating time for extra special fun, and love to share the memories with one and all.  Thank you for peaking into our Kitchen.  It was a true blessing to work with these two precious little souls.

I  encourage you to amass some very beautiful memories at your house today!

 

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