We put the tree up right away and put lights on it a few days later. We put ornaments on it and decorated the rest of our house yesterday. Maggie LOVES the Christmas tree when it is lit. Our tree is very glisten-y because of all of our Old World Christmas ornaments from various members of Nate's family, mostly my MIL. I love these ornaments and we already have a good collection going! My mom got us stockings from Lands End for Christmas last year and ordered one from the same set for Maggie. It was supposed to be here already but hasn't arrived so we hung Maggie up instead:
Then today was our annual Christmas cookie bake with my mom, sister and niece. In the past, we have done this the day after Thanksgiving, however, that always left us with not quite enough candy/cookies by the time Christmas rolled around so we delayed it a week. It was another successful day of baking. Each year my niece has more and more of an attention span to do different tasks, even though the sprinkles are still her favorite part. My sister contributed lunch this year - amazing chili (with Penzey's Chili 9000 spice), bread and homemade lattice cherry pie. I contributed an almost 3-month old who knows how to make the peanut butter Hershey kiss cookies:
Even though he isn't officially part of the cookie bake (and usually isn't home during it), Nate was awesome to have around this year because he could take Maggie if she got tired and would make up games to play with Toni (I spy Christmas Ornaments) when she got bored with it.
Our list of goodies:
Peanut Butter Balls
Choc Covered Peanuts
Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Blossoms
We opted not to make the rock candy this year.
Here is the annual photo - we do not have one with both Maggie and Toni looking at the camera - one of them was always looking at the other one!