It’s been such a lovely Christmas holiday, despite the fact that is was not a white one except on the local ski slopes where they were busily making artificial snow, that I am sad to see it rather end. Tomorrow my grandchildren all return to school, even though Epiphany is not until Tuesday.
But while it is still holidays, I want to share some last photos of what we’ve been seeing and doing.
This was Emily and Ingmar’s Christmas tree this year, complete with real light shining in the darkness. Such a lovely symbol. They found a Christmas tree farm nearby where the trees are not pruned so they have that natural layered shape I love from European trees, though this was was larger than any European tree I ever saw.
Emily baked cookies for it, perfection Springerle cookies from the House on the Hill recipe. I gave her my hartshorn to do this and I think she will take over the task.
Another ornament I enjoyed seeing was the Splendid Fairy Wren bird ornament I bought for Sofia and Clara because it was (probably still is) their favorite bird from our Audubon Bird Bingo game.
This bird will only be seen on Christmas trees here in north east Ohio since its real home is in Australia.
Their tree is also lovely in the daylight.
One of Andy’s gifts was a shirt showing his membership in the Steamboat Association of Great Britain with the name of his (yet to be assembled) steam launch Nyitra I. There was a boat that sailed the Rabca near Gyor, Hungary which belonged to our family and carried his great grandfather’s sugar beet crop from Sovenyhaza to Acs. At least we believe it belonged to us! It was commandeered for military service during WWI.
I am trying to get a photo from this, but wordpress doesn’t want to let me do so…..Well. I will finish this and perhaps tomorrow I can try a part two of this post……….