Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Santa came to our house already, wolfed down a bunch of shortbread cookies we made for him (he's got quite an appetite!) and skedaddled before we could even get a chance to say hello! But he left behind a train table and a whole bunch of Thomas goodies and I am exploding waiting for the boys to wake up to that. Hopefully not before 5 a.m. We're gonna have the hardest time getting them out the door to my mom's for Christmas dinner.

Here's a Santa Claus fun fact. Did you know that in the stories Santa was only a miniature sized elf until the '30's when Coca-Cola made him human-sized in their ads? How's that for marketing's effect on oh, the entire world! I learned that on that cable holiday-song channel where they flash fun facts up there.

So I baked my butt off for the 2008 Holiday Bakeoff that my family is doing instead of gifts. I made mini loaves of gingerbread cake, shortbread cookies (ya gotta try these recipes! They're amazing!! I linked em!), and superduperchocolatey cupcakes shaped like snowmen. Some of the shortbreads I took the liberty of melting chocolate and drizzling it over them and I did cut-outs too with my tiny Christmas cookie cutters (my favorite was a cute little snowflake.) I put 'em in a basket along with candy and other goodies and I'll have to take a picture of them before they get devoured. I found that sky was totally the limit for what I could do with the bakeoff and it was really tough trying to stop myself from adding more and more and more and more. I lined the basket with "snow" and wrapped all the goodies individually with cellophane (there's some really pretty cellophane out there these days!!) One basket I added in a bottle of wine, another a cute book, another I filled a couple of camoflauged tins full of candy and put those in (for the Marine), it was really easy to just keep going. I'm not sure if I really saved that much money on gifts to be honest, but it was really fun baking and I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and happy Holidays all around whatever you may celebrate!

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Oh yes, and the winner of the $10 Build-A-Bear Workshop giftcard goes to BerryPatch! Congrats to you!!!
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  1. Merry Christmas!

    PS - Thank you for the Strength-Focus-Discipline band!

  2. Merry Christmas, Christie!
    May your Christmas celebrations be filled with peace, hugs, good food, lovely prezzies, lots of warm fuzzy moments and all those marvellous things that make Christmas so special!

  3. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thanks for much for the giveaway. My boys are going to have a lot of fun picking out their first Build-A-Bear! ;-)

  4. I wondered that about Santa since in Twas the Night Before Christmas he's referred to as an elf and the reindeer are referred to as "tiny."

    Merry Christmas!

  5. hope you had an amazing holiday and sold muchmuch in yer etsy shop (had to say it :))

    if you wanna do a new years promotion I have a thought!
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  6. Merry Christmas to you too Christie! It has been a pleasure to get to know you!!! I absolutely love reading your blog! Thanks


  7. Merry, Merry day late Christmas to you, Christie! Sounds like yummy times with that whole baking thing.


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