Friday, December 04, 2009

Homespun Fun

As you might imagine, living in a two-bedroom townhome with three children can get a bit crowded. One of the main reasons we survive is because my parents so graciously store some of our junk at their place in Nebraska. While the system generally works pretty well as we swap outgrown clothing for new sizes when they visit, every once in a while we forget to reclaim our loot. Like Christmas.

As a result, we're a lot sparser on holiday decorations at the Wheeler household this season. Fortunately, we still have the essentials--a tiny Christmas tree and our Nativity. The nativity was a gift from Jason several years ago, and I love it. I look forward to setting it up all year long.

Our shortage of decorations has actually turned into a fun blessing as we've looked for new ways to add some homespun holiday cheer to our home. Today we decorated gingerbread mittens to hang on the staircase.

Sticky fingers!

It's impossible to resist tasting when you're four.

A good friend joins in the frosting feast.

So proud.

Merry Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Hey ... the mittens look "merry" and the smiles are "bright" ... Most of the time "less is more" when it comes to Christmas decorations. One nativity is enough ... and yours is very special. I bet Joseph wasn't "encouraged" by Mary to hang Christmas lights and wreaths on the Bethlehem stable. Home made family decorations like your gingerbread mittens are great memory-makers. That said, I'm glad you are coming to Omaha at the end of this month. We'll sit around a dead evergreen tree and eat candy out of our socks ... My, ... How did a simple, beautiful birthday celebration evolve into this?

Talyn said...

Oh my! Those are adorable. I do believe I'm stealing the idea.

candice said...

VERY cute decorations--you are such a good mom! Your girls are adorable.

Becca said...

I love it. I think the mittens are perfect. You are so creative and such a good mom to your little kids. They will probably remember this christmas for a long time.

Chou said...

Come decorate my house!!!

Susie said...

How fun! What a darling idea! I wonder how long they'll stay hanging?? I think you've started a tradition the girls won't let you stop! Happy Holidays!

Mom L said...

Great job Kara! One of these days I'm going to do a post on our Christmas decorations, too. If you think you're sparse.... Of course, there's a huge difference when you don't have little children home and when your house is totally torn up!