We Wish You A Merry Christmas

This week has been a busy blur of Christmas preparations, wrapping up projects, getting greeting cards out and a hundred other small tasks. Each day I packed lunches and got Danny and Noah out the door to work and school before starting on my own day, which inevitably went too fast. And on top of everything, I developed a cold. Again.

We’re ready for a break, a long one, and it starts this afternoon when Danny wraps up work for two weeks and Noah has holidays to match. We’ve planned a quiet Christmas, (no back-to-back parties, thank you very much) and I am looking forward to putting my feet up with my knitting project and a plate of cookies.

Today’s post doesn’t offer any last minute appetizers, turkey tips, entertaining pointers, or menu suggestions. I figured you had probably had enough of those! Instead, I’m sharing a little peek into our home this Christmas. Welcome!

In most ways, we are ready for Christmas; surprisingly, all we’re missing is snow.

We’ve had a sugary dusting here and there, but it lasts long enough for me to snap a photo, before it dissolves into little rivers and disappears among the leaves.

The boys are most disgruntled with the weather, yet the lack of snow hasn’t stopped them from requesting hot cocoa, delivered to their play house.

With the weather outside gray and raining (frightful!), we’ve lost no time baking cookies. Even though I hosted a cookie swap, and attended another, I still had a few recipes tucked away that I’ve been wanting to try. What better way to warm up the kitchen than with gingerbread, shortbread, and jam thumbprints.

We dressed 18 little ginger-gentlemen and sent them to school with Noah for his class. There was much discussion in the process about it being better to give than to receive; a holiday message that is particularly difficult for a certain six-year-old to wrap his head around.

Speaking of giving, meet Coco, our Christmas kitty, to whom we recently welcomed to our home.

We rescued her from a majorly overcrowded shelter where she was facing euthanasia. It has been easy to make room in our home for this little wisp of white fluff. She’s so grateful to be part of the family and is one of the most affectionate kitty cats I have ever met.

It’s obviously Coco’s first Christmas. All our gifts and the tree are at the mercy of her curiosity and claws.

With regard to gifts, we are very minimalistic when it comes to buying for the boys. Each receive one toy (this year is Lego for Noah and a 300 piece puzzle for Mateo, who is obsessed with puzzles at 3 years old), one new book, Christmas candy, and a clothing item such as pajamas. It’s enough.

For now, gifts are wrapped and stashed under our twig tree, and the stockings hung on the banister, waiting to hold clementines and candy canes on Christmas morning.

Before you think I got crafty with felt, let me share that the stockings were bought on Etsy, and are a nod to our pair of friendly cardinals that frequent the bird feeder every day.

I’ve got a bit of a thing for felt this year, and was happy to find these adorable heart tree ornaments at Ikea. Who says hearts are just for February, anyway? And what did I ever do before Pinterest for simple, affordable home decorating ideas?

I’ve never been one to sit and flip through magazines for home decor inspiration, but I did have plenty of fun putting together My Christmas Party pinboard, not to mention one on Brunch, and, of course, holiday baking.

Pinterest, I heart you.

I need to snap a photo of my pregnant self at 6 months and will try to have someone shoot a family portrait for us as well! For now, here’s Mateo giving me morning kisses.

Here’s wishing a very Merry Christmas to you and yours from all of us here at Simple Bites!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Aimee!!!! ♥

  2. Thank you for showing us that “enough” IS special! Your Christmas is inspirational; simple and purposeful. Have a wonderful, restful, holiday!

  3. I think this is one of the sweetest, nicest Christmas posts, I’ve seen so far this year. I love that you adopted a cat for Christmas. The shelters are having a really hard time finding homes with the economy so bad. I’ ve glad one sweet kitty got saved. Merry Christmas!

  4. Brian @ A Thought For Food says

    Happy Holidays, Darling!

    Except for the freak snow storm we got in October, we haven’t had much in the way of snow. We may be getting something in the next day or so, but who the heck knows.

    Hope you are doing well!

  5. I’m sorry that you have another cold!

    Merry Christmas to you, Danny, Noah and Mateo and all the best for your lovely (growing) family in 2012.

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Aimee! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  7. Merry, merry Christmas to you and the boys (and Coco, and the girl on the way!)

    I love your minimalist approach to gift giving, by the way – and I can’t believe Mateo can attempt a 300-piece puzzle at only three years old. What a little smartypants.

  8. Merry Christmas Aimee! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. I love that the boys requested hot cocoa delivered to their play house! So cute.

  9. What a beautiful post this morning! I’ve got a cold, too, and have been cooking up a storm while trying to get my “real” work done, so I can relate! Merry Christmas and feel better soon!

  10. I love your new kitty! I have a white cat that looks just like Coco, named The Little Man. I fostered him from the time he was one day old, and my mom has his sister (who is black ;). Happy holidays to you all, and especially your new addition who is lucky to have a place to call home!

  11. Very nice! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours 🙂

  12. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Such wonderful gift ides..

  13. Merry Christmas to you too sweet Aimee! Hope your time is blessed!

  14. Happy Christmas to you and yours, Aimee!

  15. Jan @ Family Bites says

    Merry Christmas, Aimee. All the best for 2012!

  16. Awww…I love the kiss photo 😀 Wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases darlin’!! xoxoxoxo

  17. Wishing you and your beautiful family a very Merry Christmas Aimee!

  18. Merry Christmas, dear friend! I’m so grateful for you. Enjoy your much deserved break.

  19. merry christmas to you all ! coco is cute

  20. Emily @ Random Recycling says

    Yeah for , thanks for sharing your favorite boards.
    I made your Mayan Chocolate Sparklers for Christmas and they were a huge hit, thank you!
    Merry Christmas Aimee!

  21. Your home is beautiful, and I love your Christmas decorations! I hope you had wonderful Christmas, and that your cold is now long gone and you’ve been able to relax and put your feet up. Sending lots of love to you and your family!

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