Monday, December 12, 2011

We've got spirit, yes we do!

Christmas spirit that is!

I don't like to go overboard with the decorations (mainly because I don't want to clean it up) but I love a real tree, a wreath and stockings on the fireplace and some boughs (trimmed from the bottom of the christmas tree) on the top of the entertainment center (no pictures of that yet because I have to add the lights).

I use wire edged ribbon in lieu of the metallicy fuzzy garland. I think it looks elegant.
And, of course, I kept the glass ornaments up high.

I have yet to decorate the wreath. In past years we've ordered one already decorated and delivered right to the house but in order to save a few bucks ($35 to be exact) I purchased one undecorated when we bought our tree.

Tis the season for a sniffle too.
Here's a recipe for my herbal cold and flu remedy.

Medium sized knob of ginger sliced
1 lemon sliced
2 sticks of cinnamon
4 cardomom pods
5 whole cloves
6 cups of water

Bring all ingredients to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, turn heat off and let steap for another 10 minutes. Store in a glass jar in the fridge and heat and serve as needed.

I have been making this recipe since I was about 19 years old. It hasn't failed me yet. 

Now we just have to keep this little rascal from yanking down ornaments.

The house smells wonderful and the ambient glow of a christmas tree in the evening makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Now...back to that knitting!


  1. I've got a cold I can't shake...I've done a variation on your herbal tea, but I'm totally doing your version when I get home tonight.

    Things I love: Your tree, Iris's PJ pants you made her, her bathrobe, your stockings. Looking festive at the Tree House. I hope to be able to return to knitting and finish a couple presents after tomorrow!

  2. Well we always look forward to having you Allison! Can't wait!