Lemon bars and stained glass cookies.
Applesauces, mint jelly, brandied peaches, plum sauce and plum syrup, all from our own fruit trees.
Bookmarks front (watercolor and ink)
Wrist warmers from wonderful, fun yarn purchased in Mendocino last summer.
For myself, Christmas was warm, low-key, and full of love. We opened gifts, ate tamales, and played board games, staying inside by the fire while it poured down rain outside. There's more to come with more family in January. I received such thoughtful gifts, including a tabletop easel!
I've been wondering how the rhythm of the last two weeks in December would be for me as a newly retired person. When I was in education, I would work intensely up until the break, spend the time between the last day of school and Christmas in preparations for the holiday, and then take a day or two after Christmas to read my new books and sit around in my new robe or flannel jammies. Then I'd take a day or two to be with friends and another day or two to go back into the classroom or the office to get ready for the next push.
Things haven't changed that much, except that I'm preparing for an Alternatives to Violence Project workshop instead of going back to school. Also, I need to get myself the book and jammies so that I can spend a day hunkering down! It's gray out today, but the rain has stopped so it will be a good day for a walk.