10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #10. Caroling

Years ago when we were reading Dylan Thomas’s lovely book A Child’s Christmas in Wales one December, it occurred to me that I had read about caroling in stories, and occasionally saw it in movies and on TV, but I had never actually met with a band of real, live carolers.  I thought it was…

Grain-Free Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

This recipe is a perfect grain-free, naturally sweetened and Paleo-legal alternative to the traditional wheat-based gingerbread cookies.  Made with almond flour and sweetened with honey and coconut sugar, these cookies turned out deliciously crunchy, chewy, and fragrant with holiday spices. 3 cups almond flour (and extra for rolling out dough) 3/4 cup coconut sugar 1/2…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #8. A Christmas Play

The tradition of plays at Christmas time is ancient, and goes far beyond the old Medieval custom of mummering and janneying.  Shakespeare himself drew inspiration from these old dramatic customs.  Until quite recently, family Christmas plays were common holiday fun – replaced, I believe, by television.  I have found Christmas plays featured in some of…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #7. Family Game Night

It’s cozy to curl up with a book on dark winter evenings, but for more lively entertainment, a family game night is the perfect way to spend time together. If you don’t have to have a full game shelf!  there are many games that require only a deck of cards.  Speed, Rummy, Crazy Eights, Spoons,…

Too much

Christmas was fun…..(and there was too much chocolate) ….and busy. The results, naturally, are tiring, and lead to other things: All the new stuff we got from extended family gave me a panic attack this morning.  There’s no place for it to go.  My kids can’t handle what they have already.    Puzzle pieces strewn…

Nutcracker

This week has been full of Nutcracker performances – it’s Rose’s second year, and she’s a soldier again.  It’s a fun part, and she has really enjoyed it so far.  Clothilde went to the school show this morning and loved it.  She’s been waking up so early this week (before it is even light out). …

This Season

Right after Thanksgiving I managed to re-furbish chocolate advent calendars with healthier and less hyper-activity inducing sour gummies, but then got lost in trying to finish up home school for this year and getting my garden going. Yesterday I finally opened up our holiday stuff…it’s not much.  A collection of unbreakable ornaments, a felt garland…