Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Treats


We had a fire going in our fireplace last night.


It was the first for the season and the whole house felt cozy and warm.


After the children went to bed, hubby and I watched a movie.."Father of the Bride" in honor of our wedding anniversary yesterday.


We haven't put our Christmas tree up yet, our youngest is still at that stage where all he wants to do is pull off the ornaments and distribute them around the house. But we will soon.


But for now, I've been in a cupcake state of mind lately, and have had lots of fund drawing and painting them in all sorts of ways.


We're thinking about our Christmas Day feast, we're sharing it with some special friends this year.  We are doing a traditional turkey with as many trimmings as I am capable of producing, including hot chocolate self-saucing pudding. 


I always get home-sick at this time of year.  I miss my family so far away in Australia and the traditions of a hot summer Christmas.
 

What holiday do you observe, and what are your celebration plans?


Thanks for checking in xx


16 comments:

  1. awesome drawing as always. seeing your drawing actually made me feel nostalgic for christmas for the first time this year! i want to know what people do when its hot out!

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    1. Merry Christmas Dawn. Think of 4th July Celebrations with a Christmas twist...fireworks, bbq's, carnivals, outdoor concerts, beach cricket. It's summer break and Christmas all tied into one. Hugs xx

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  2. Happy Anniversary... and happy first fire of the season... living in Queensland last week was a bit like living in a fire... but this week is a perfect summer... the frangapani are scenting everything, the agapanthus are finally blooming, and the cherries and lychees are filling the stores and mangoes are being bought by the crate and we are loading the freezer with them to see us through next winter when I need a sunshine hit... I think you need to go and find some coppertone and have a good old sniff... that should make you feel like you are home... and maybe you could heat up some sand and stick your feet on it... nothing like burning the soles of your feet to remind you its summer... If I could package it all up and send it over I would but sadly I am just sending you warm Christmasy thoughts!!!

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    1. Thanks T...Oh, I did not need to visualize all of that today. I'm gonna crank up the heat, put on my swimsuit and zinc cream and challenge the kids to a pretend game of beach cricket in the lounge...maybe hubby will get the hint? LOL. Hugs xx

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  3. Happy Anniversary! I am amazed by a 'hot' Christmas in Australia, as all my Christmas memories have been cold with snow and icicles - I would love to see what a hot Christmas feels / looks like! Your cupcake painting is dazzling - just wonderful. I can almost taste the frosting. :o)

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    1. Thank you Alisa. Yes, Chrissie memories can be powerful. I hope you have a great one. xx

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  4. Like everyone else i'd love to know what your Hot summer Christmas traditions are.......lol.......cannot imagine it......We celebrate Christmas though we are not religious...its Santa Claus all the way! :) Our traditions have changed over the years as the kids have grown and moved away , not quite the same without the kids around.......some of my most favorite traditions is a walk all bundled up thru the Christmas lights around the neigborhood , stopping at a favorite restaurant to eat and warm up......baking Christmas cookies and making up boxes to send to people far away........

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    1. Santa Claus is the lead actor in our Chrissy celebrations too. Yes, kids definitely bring Christmas alive. Your traditions sound wonderful. Hugs xx

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  5. Oh....you need to get that tree up...with lots of colorful ornaments...and pretty lights...don't forget lots of glitter. Maybe this will help you feel better. :)

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    1. Yes Ann, I agree, we're going to get it up this weekend and cover the house in glitter. Hugs xx

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  6. Happy (if belated) anniversary! (Are you actually baking all these cupcakes or just enjoying them vicariously via your art?)

    All my life, I've live in the deep south (USA) where it isn't uncommon to wear short sleeves at Christmas, but I'm afraid it has never made me long for warm Christmases. Just the opposite! I look forward to the rare Christmases when we get cold weather, when we can trim the tree beside a fire, roast marshmallows, drink hot cocoa (preferably with a little Kahlua or Goldschl├Ąger in it!), listen to "Snow is Lightly Falling" (even though it isn't) and do all the fun things that people in more northerly realms do in winter.

    As for celebrating, most of our traditions revolve around our faith, city and families: participating in Advent services, enjoying some of the many outdoor holiday events that take place downtown, cooking for and sharing meals with 3 and 4 generations of family (both sides are within driving distance) and, of course, eating more than is probably good for us. ;-)

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    1. Hi Triche, LOL no, I'm not baking all those cupcakes. I wish I could though, but them that is all my kids would eat. Your traditions sound wonderful. I hope you have an especially wonderful Christmas this year. Hugs xx

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  7. Happy belated anniversary to you and your hubby! We have the opposite dilemma. We’re used to wintery cold Christmases. I’m still not used to hot weather and decorated palm trees! LOL
    PS Can I have a cupcake? Yours looks yummy!

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    1. Thanks Robin. Winter is certainly the icon of Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful celebration this year. Hugs xx

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  9. Oh my comment got sucked into a black hole. Thought I would share my little Christmas. Prawns,lots of salads,watermelon,MANGOES, kids in the sprinkler,new bikes and dont forget the BBQ on Boxing Day(do they call it that over there?). Sound familiar?. Oh and 30 degrees :)

    On a side note what pen do you use to sketch over your paintings. Still looking for a good one. Have a great Christmas over there,maybe sneak a little lamb on your plate somewhere xx

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