Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Build: December 2017

Last Month of the Year

Hey there! Guess what time it is! 
Time for our Lego calendar rebuild reveal. It's the last month of the year, which is also the title of one of our favorite Christmas albums. It's The Kingston Trio from 1960. Anyway, it's time to show you our December 2017 build.

Keeping our tree theme was super easy, so we amped it up a bit and also included a tribute to Advent. 
Let's take a closer look.
Here you can see the big picture. A community square ready for the holidays complete with train ride.
Santa is watching over everyone. Stephanie just mailed her holiday cards. We say holiday because she sent a few Hanukkah cards too. Emma is enjoying some hot cocoa by the Christmas tree; her pup, Pepe, nearby. Jennie and Joey are talking about plans for the day. Andrea is sitting with Jewel; and Naomi is ready for the next train ride. Side note-don't search the Lego wikia for Pepe, Jennie, or Joey. We named them, Lego didn't.

We have three trees: the decorated Christmas tree, small evergreen tree, and a deciduous without its leaves. 
Poinsettia's line up in front of the calendar. The calendar and stripes represent the colors of advent in an advent wreath. (giggles) We had to adjust the colors to fit the bricks we had so three of our candles are blue not purple. the pink one is right. So the purple represents preparing; the blues: hope, faith, peace; and the pink joy.

The top is covered in lights! And is a perfect place for Santa to watch.

Not many animals this time. They're all hiding because the extra activity has them nervous or it's too cold. (giggles)
So what do you think? What is your favorite part of this month's build? 
We're thinking about a theme for next year; do you have any ideas?

We continue decorating tomorrow.

So glad you stopped. Come again soon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Lot to Celebrate 2017

Greetings and Salutations for Many Celebrations!

Grace, Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Lea, Melody, Xyra, 2 or more

Lots to celebrate today!
And a lot of posing!

Birthday

First, Gramma Enne! 
Happy Birthday! Grattis på födelsedagen!


Heritage Traditions

Some people celebrate St. Nicholas Day.
We need to look into that for next year. (giggles)
To honor our Swedish heritage we've recently taken up observing Santa Lucia Day.
Kirsten gets voted bride each year. 
This year Melody and I helped as handmaidens.
The rolls and glögg were delivered earlier today.
You know we had tea instead of glögg. (giggles)
And these are stand in rolls on the tray; we made sure to have extra.
ANYWAY! We wish you a very bright Santa Lucia Day!

For Our Friends

Another bright holiday has just begun.
To our friends who celebrate the festival of Lights...
We wish you a Happy Hanukkah!


Wow! Today is one major party day! Have a great one!
Do you have special traditions you follow in your family? What is it/are they?

Much love to all!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Prep 2017 D

Trimming the Tree

Or Trees

Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Xyra2 or more

One of our favorite things to prepare for Christmas is trim or decorate the tree. 
We're lucky enough to have several, like five - yep you read that right, five - trees to decorate. 
Four are in Xyra's office then we have one at home.
I think we practice with the office ones so we get ours just right. (giggles)

It Begins

Hey, Kirsten, is this the skirt for the big tree?
No, that one goes with the tree in the train loop.
Got it.
You know, we could use it for this one.

Looks like we have a few new ornaments this year.
Yeah, not just the balls.

The lights are working fine. Let's start with the garland.
Oh, man, this is like playing hot potato. (giggles)
I think we almost have it.
Does it look straight?
Straight? When is garland straight? (laughing)
(giggles) I meant evenly distributed.
That doesn't happen often either.
(laughing)
Let's start with green.
Now the red.



I've got this new one. Putting it right up front.
I'm going for gold!
Silver for me!
I call green!
I've got the small red.
Looks great! Strike a pose! 
(giggles)

Do you have a special or favorite ornament?

Come again to see the other trees get trimmed.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Prep 2017 C

Lea's Adventure Continues

Pennsylvania German Christmas Market

Goschenhoppen Historians Folklife Museum

Hey! Thank you for coming back! At least, I hope you're a returning reader. If you're new, that's super cool and you should check out parts A and B.

So yesterday I showed you the decorated and shopping area, when we finished on that floor we turned the corner and found more stairs!
These led up to the folklife museum part of the building. I heard some really cool music coming from above and when we reached the top we found a guy playing the ancient pipe organ. 
The tune sounded familiar. Xyra looked over his shoulder to see he was playing On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry. Perfect for the season.

The first thing I noticed in the main area was a pulpit with lectern. I'm not sure what church it came from, but it was really cool. I checked out the Bible citation...it was in GERMAN!

Check out the egg tree. So many ways to decorate eggs. See the onion skin ones at the base of the tree?
I love these rag balls. I just know Lady Vanyer could do wonders with them.
Hey, this dresser and horse are perfect for me. I wonder if Butterbrandy and Steps High would push it?
This is a nice size tree. 
Back in the 17 and 18 hundreds many houses were small with only a few rooms. Having a small tree like this made the house festive without taking away needed space.

What?! Can you imagine making so many cookies you would store them in a laundry basket? 
Xyra says this was a common practice.

I love the china cabinet. Each set has a neat design on it.
As we headed down the stairs I noticed this commemorative poster celebrating the ELCA's (that's Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) 150th anniversary. 
Hey, we're close to 2018 so that means another anniversary...um...two hundred seventy years! Wow!

Goschenhoppen Country Store

Next stop, the general store museum. It does remind me of Coolspring. Here's a barrel of salt.
I dropped my letter to Santa in the outgoing mail slot.
Who knew there were so many types of needles!
Postcards. Not sure who to send one too.
Here's a nice collection of goodies; all would make good Christmas gifts. Check out the pretty doll. She comes in her own box.

We didn't take any photos in the bottom level of the market. Very busy, but that's where the bake sale and lunch counter were. We picked out some really good looking cookies and had ham sandwiches for lunch with thin pretzels and red beet eggs. Yum!

Schwenkfelder Library

This is a different place. Much more modern than the historians' building in Green lane. The Schwenkfelder (that's pronounced sh-whenk-fell-der) library is in Pennsburg on the campus of the Perkiomen School (that's per-key-oh-men, wow I never realized how many place names people might need help pronouncing). Anyway, it's a neat place and we stayed on the lower level for this trip. This was one of my favorite displays.
Love that punch bowl set. And the coffee grinder.
I can't imagine using a stove like that! do you see the basket of kittens?
This is a neat doll house.
On this side you can see the handles and the electric hook up.
These Santas are cool. They'd look great with the tree in Green Lane.
I think these are elbedritsches, but more fancy!

This bed looks so comfy! The poncho and hat are my favorite color - orange!
Isn't this bunny darling?
I found a friend in the one area. She said she lives in the library. 
That could be cool and spooky at the same time. I wonder if there is a tablet like in the movie Night at the Museum?

After our visit here we each took a cookie. I had a plain cut out. Xyra took what she said was an ice box cookie similar to what her Grammy made at Christmas. It was cut much thinner than she remembered, but was just as tasty!

So that was my wonderful day at Christmas Market. Do you have a favorite photo from today's post? What is your favorite Christmas or holiday treat? I hope we make some cookies of our own. I know we'll be baking breads later.

Tchau! Até mais tarde!