Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cookie Decorating Day

Today was the day to decorate Christmas cookies, always a fun day. I cut out and bake the cookies some other day so when it's time for frosting we can focus on frosting! Everyone helps out, except Daddy. Daddy won't wield a knife himself, but he hovers around offering encouragement and criticism where needed (as he defines need, of course).
I think I could title this photo, "Focus."

Always lots of laughter and many sticky smiles for this annual family event!
I'm happy to say that for the first time, I was easily able to give up control of the cookie decorating and allow the kids to make whatever hideous color combinations they wanted to. I completely overlooked the uneven coverage and stray drips and blobs. This year, whatever they wanted to call a masterpiece was a masterpiece for me. Most of you will know that I'm pretty laid back about most things, but there are a few things I have trouble letting go of. In earlier years, cookie decorating was among those things; this year, meh. Let them have fun. So, you see, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blizzardo Diablo

Pretty to look at...
...Tiring to shovel.

Most snow I've ever seen in one place at one time!

little tree

little tree
by: e.e. cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"

"little tree" was originally published in The Dial Vol. LXVIII, No. 1 (Jan. 1920). New York: The Dial Publishing Company, Inc.