I told the children they could decorate their rooms so they immediately set about making snowflakes and paper chains. Mom inspired Rachel to make a creche scene out of toilet paper rolls and a shoe box.
Meanwhile I began pulling out Christmas decorations and taking down the Fall decorations.
Here's what Mom came up with for the mantel:
I had an idea in the back of my head after seeing the following page in a magazine:
A few sticks brought from Mom's yard made the idea a reality. It's a card tree. Since I haven't received any cards yet, I pulled out a few from last year. (Note the resemblance of the decoration on the white knitted blanket to the poinsetta! A nice coincidence):
A little wreath for in between the bookcases:
More of the fam were gathering for teatime so I decided we needed something festive: Gingerbread Muffins. They are so good!
Uncle Bill and Auntie C appeared for tea. After taking this picture I noticed a very interesting resemblance -- could this be where Rachel inherited the "something in the mouth" syndrome?