Happy almost-New Year, dear readers. And isn’t it always the case that we pile too many projects into this little month of December and tire ourselves out completely? Of course, dreams always loom large in my mind of a totally handmade Christmas. I see visions of myself with constant and various sheets of cookies in the oven, a dozen different decorative projects ongoing, and everyone’s gifts made specifically with that person in mind. Oh, and all of it beautifully photographed too. As if this little month had more hours in it, and less of the day-to-day to do…and do. ha!
So, it’s true, we buckled and went the more convenient route with some things this year — a cash donation to a group gift, a bite-size boost to the economy in a few different stores, and one lonely set of lights amidst our half-packed apartment to mark it holiday time. Not exactly the quaint and homey set of DIY holi-days that I envision when I think about setting the scene for some really poignant and special memories for my little one during celebration seasons.
And yet, you know what? A little really does go a long way. I did get some making and baking done this year.
Baskets of blueberry muffins were a simple new tradition for the classic pastry-lovers among us this year, and a welcomed treat for our special young visitors on Christmas Eve. After a few failed attempts, I mastered the chocoloate-dipped macaroon which my own brother, a fabulous chef, dubbed, “some of my very best work.” I don’t take these compliments lightly. (Bake them for 17 minutes, not 25!) And these little dried fruit/nut balls made a fun gift (and a great snack.)
Most fun of all was the set of juggling balls with a matching tote from Oliver + S patterns that I made for Orlis. What started as this:
And seeing him paw those juggling balls and turn them over and study them in that adorable way that babies do with every foreign object, and dump them out of the bag and them stuff them all back in again 20 times in a row. But not once did he attempt to juggle them. And as I watched this (blueberry muffin-in-mouth), and relished the experience of making and baking…and giving, and realized that just because it’s December, we don’t have to juggle a million things. We could just do one or two. And cherish the experience.