Are you scared? Trembling? Panicked?
Well, rest easy my faithful readers, Big Idea Number 9 is not at all terrible. You're going to be impressed. You're going to think, "Hmm. Why don't we do that?"
I shall pass this on to you and you must feel free to use it, because it is precious.
In early December, we get out our Christmas decorations. The boxes are filled with homemade ornaments of Popsicle sticks and dough, covered with paint and glitter. (It's a kid's tree. Not an adult one.)
We trimmed the tree while listening to music and giggling, exclaiming over our favorite ornaments and recalling when we made them.
As we worked, my mother cooked. She made a feast that outdid the one in the Grinch's world. We had all sorts of finger foods.
From boiled shrimp to broccoli dip, little smokies to queso, it was a meal that we salivated over.
Cookies, dips, hot chocolate, cheese...
It was glorious.
And when we were done making our tree beautiful with its sparkling, crafty ornaments, we ate around it, watching the lights glow and twinkle, causing the world around us to be cozy, warm and magical.
My mama did good, don't ya think?