This time of year . . . what I like to refer to as the holiday season . . . seems to be a time of enjoying family traditions, or starting new ones, as the case may be, for a lot of folks. It's no different in my family. We enjoy reliving past Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings and introducing new family members (either by marriage or birth) to our 'ways'. But one of my absolute favorite NEW traditions (and I say new because it's just been the past five years) is the annual Merkel Santa photo.
Jocelyn and Jason take the girls, and with a gathering of their friends--and their friends' children--do the walking trail through the Galaxy of Lights at the Botanical Gardens. (Just FYI, I wait until we can drive through). And at the end of the trail, there's Santa Claus. And the children happily, even eagerly, climb in Santa's lap and share their list of Christmas wishes.
Well, all children but the Merkel children, that is. Without further ado, I share our family's funniest tradition:
|Ellie and Santa 2012|
|Ellie (with Sawyer) and Santa 2013|
Love Sawyer's holding his ears!
|Merkel Girls and Santa 2014|
|Merkel Girls and Santa 2015|
|Merkel Girls and Santa 2016|
Oh gracious, I love these girls! And the Santa is precious -- I'm sure he's had years of practice. Maybe next year we'll have our happy, smiling picture?!? Or maybe not . . .
It occurred to me this morning that I'd like to make some kind of special ornament for each of the grands. Hmmmm. I need to get busy on that. I didn't make a whole lot of poinsettia ornament progress -- I finished two big ones and one little one:
I do love these! I have two or three more cut out that will be a good, slow project for some Sunday afternoon stitching!
Ellie, on the other hand, made FORTY ornaments this past week (with the help of her mama). She crafted these darling little Christmas trees . . . and then sold them for $5 a piece. She made this one especially for me (it has an extra bead on it, because she knows how much I love beads).
Her mama posted them on facebook and instagram, and Ellie's sold *all* of them. With her proceeds, she's going to go through one of the organizations that helps families in need in third world countries, and send goats and chickens and water wells. Pretty smart thinking on the part of that mama, is what I'm thinking! :)
The grandbabies (and their mommies and daddies) are all together in California this week . . .
Look how grown they all are! The only one missing is Evey. It may have only been 7 o'clock local time, but it was 9 o'clock Evey time!
My stash report remains an unchanged melody . . .
Same song, second (or twenty-second) verse. A little bit louder and a little bit worse!
Enjoy this beautiful day that the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it!