I was feeling Christmas early this year. We were all sick through Halloween, so my holiday season has felt ‘just out of reach’ this year. Once we passed Thanksgiving, I was ready for double-Christmas! So we cleared out the holiday boxes and got the tree set up. I love having the tree in the middle of the living room. It’s definitely in the way, but it’s so bright and pretty – we can live with it for such a short time.
Our tradition has been to get an ornament each year. We get a ‘family’ ornament, and a ‘personal’ ornament. The family ornament is in a theme – this year, it’s gnomes (although only the kids got gnome ornaments – Loverly Husband and I both got glass ones). In the past, we’ve done snowmen, Santa, reindeer, robots, gingerbread… all kinds of things. For the ‘personal’ ornaments, though, I was feeling a little more crafty, so we did salt-dough ornaments!
I found a recipe online that was 1c. salt, 1c. flour, and 1/2c. (ish) of water. I doubled the recipe, and tried to dissolve the salt in the water to see if that would give us a little bit smoother texture, and it wasn’t great,. but it turned out okay. It’s not like ‘cold porcelain’ clay (which is baking soda/baking powder kind), but it did form and roll well, and the ornaments held their shape, and are nice and solid (we dried them in the oven overnight on low, low heat).
Our homeschool group has been hard at play, too – we had a ‘winter craft day’ last week, and our Christmas party today. The last few months, the moms in our group have planned some absolutely amazing group events! The kids got to exchange board games, which was a nice change from toys that end up broken or lost within a couple of weeks. We LOVE games and have an extensive collection in the school room. Our current favorite is ‘Scattergories’, though ‘Balderdash’ will always be my personal favorite (aside from Cards Against Humanity, of course).
We’re out of school now – closing our 4th year of homeschooling! It’s been quite the journey so far, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!