Your Advent Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ Day 24

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

This is a bittersweet moment for me. Itโ€™s the last door of the Advent Calendar- Iโ€™m gonna miss sharing these special stories with you, but, at the same time, Iโ€™m happy because Christmas Eve is a day spent talking, laughing, eating with my wonderful family. ๐Ÿ˜

So…the door is already open (it is quite late after all ๐Ÿ˜‰)

On this last day Iโ€™d like to show you my Christmas decorations ๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŽ„

My Christmas village with carousel

The middle panel in the background is a quilt top ๐Ÿ˜… After many, many years I had to admit that itโ€™ll never be a quilt. So it became a drape. ๐Ÿ˜‹

The โ€˜Winter Wonderlandโ€™ in the living room ๐Ÿ˜Š
My antique buffet I brought with me from Germany turns into an eclectic display during the winter months โ›„๏ธ
I found this beautiful painting at our local Antique Mall ๐Ÿ˜

I wish you a wonderful Day, and hope you get to spend it with people you love! โค๏ธ

To say it with the words of Bruce Springsteen โ€œHappy Christmas, happy New Year, happy Birthday, happy rest-of-your-lifeโ€ ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

Your Advent Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ Day 22

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Today youโ€™ll find an idea for a โ€˜Christmas Morning Gameโ€™ ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Iโ€™m not sure if itโ€™s meant to be a fun pastime or a โ€˜Things are going too well and peaceful…letโ€™s play a gameโ€™ suggestion ๐Ÿ˜…

Iโ€™m gonna open the door, and let you decide ๐Ÿ˜

Take a look…

What do you think? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you have everything in place for the special day ๐ŸŽ„ So that the remainder of the season (and every day after that) will be wonderful, fabulous, and sparkly ๐Ÿ’•

Your Advent Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ Day 20

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Todayโ€™s door is rather simple – but still beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ And so is the surprise behind it! ๐Ÿค—

Thereโ€™s something about it, donโ€™t you think? โ˜บ๏ธ

I do wonder why the handle is so low? ๐Ÿ˜… I just noticed that…any ideas? ๐Ÿง

Anyway- time to reveal todayโ€™s surprise – Christmas Trees from 100 years ago ๐Ÿ˜

I love this picture so much! ๐Ÿ’œ

If you would like to see some more beautiful trees/photos, click Here – I hope you enjoy the trip into the past! ๐Ÿฅฐ

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ

Your Advent Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ Day 16

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Day 16 already? ๐Ÿ˜ณ Iโ€™m sure you have things to do! So, without further ado…letโ€™s open Door #16 ๐Ÿค—

And what did we find? Snowy pictures โ˜ƒ๏ธ

After yesterdayโ€™s snow event I took my camera out, and took photos of everything that caught my eye ๐Ÿ˜Š Here are a few for your viewing pleasure…

An interesting snow-pattern on our patio ๐Ÿ˜
Snow on a pine tree ๐ŸŽ„ Is there anything more beautiful?
A beautiful, overgrown juniper bush
The birch tree in our yard ๐Ÿคฉ

Now I let you go back to what you were doing ๐Ÿ˜ I hope you enjoyed this little selection!

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฅ‚

Your Advent Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ Day 15

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Ready to open Door #15? Okay…here we go ๐Ÿคฉ

Todayโ€™s surprise is a wonderful, heartwarming story about a little girl meeting โ€˜Santa Clausโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜

If you would like to read the whole story, please click Here ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป

Your Advent Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ Day 14

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope youโ€™re enjoying a beautiful weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Letโ€™s take a peek behind Door #14, shall we?

Weโ€™re looking at the first major snow event – maybe ๐Ÿ™ƒ

So hereโ€™s a little outlook…Iโ€™m sure it doesnโ€™t just happen like this in Kansas ๐Ÿ˜…

Weโ€™ll see! ๐Ÿ˜

Have a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season ๐Ÿ’•

Your Advent Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ Day 13

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Today’s Door #13….


…holds a delicious secret! ๐Ÿคฉ

A recipe from my Cookie ~ Kitchen

Gingerbread Cutouts 

In the spirit of creating new traditions, hubby and I teamed up in the kitchen to bake some Gingerbread cookies. ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you wanna bake along, here’s what you need, and need to do…

1/2 c Sugar
1/2 c Molasses
2 tsp. ground Ginger
1-1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground Cloves
1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground Pepper
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c (1 stick) Butter, cut into pieces
1 large Egg, beaten
3-1/2 c all-purpose Flour

1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pepper to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam in the pan). Stir in butter until melted. With fork, stir in egg, the flour.

2.  On lightly floured surface, knead dough until thoroughly mixed. Divide dough in half; wrap half of dough and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 325ยฐF. With floured rolling pin, roll half of dough slightly thinner than 1/4″.

Hubby hard at work ๐Ÿ˜…


4. With floured 3 to 4 inch cookie cuters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings.

The fun continues ๐Ÿ˜‰


5. Place cookies, 1/2″ apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake cookies until edges begin to brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and reserved trimmings.

6. When cookies are cool, decorate cookies as desired (we used vanilla frosting, colored with food dye).
Allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

While ours don’t look very professional ๐Ÿ™ˆ they are definitely very colorful, and delicious ๐Ÿ˜


Now go, and strap on that apron. Let me know how it went! ๐Ÿคฉ

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ



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