Posts Tagged 'xmas'

Xmas Stocking Redux

For Xmas 2010 I knit two stockings, a green/orange one for the Boogedy and a blue/yellow one for Zachary. For Xmas 2011 I made a fuchsia/violet one for myself, but without digging around in the closet for last years’ models. As you can see, I have no grasp of size over time.

When I pulled out all three stockings on Xmas eve several weeks ago, the Boogedy immediately picked the new stocking as his own, citing “it has purple and I like purple” as the reason. Somehow I doubted this excuse for bailing on the awesome orange and green one. I mean, the purple one doesn’t even have a tassel!

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Tropical Xmas

The xmas lights are up! As you can imagine, there are lots of tropical themes here. My favorites:

A few nights ago was the Key West Holiday Parade. It was a local’s fest, with firetrucks, the women’s club, the Gay-Straight Alliance from the High School,  a couple of tumbling groups, bands, and choirs, as well as all different kinds of tropical santas, like this guy in a hammock under the palms.

And Pirate Santa…I don’t know why Mrs. Claus is in her civilian clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ambulance looked very festive

Lots of candy was chucked, and I got beaned at least once by a stale Dubble Bubble. But the Tootsie Rolls were fresh, and Zach caught a mini box of dots, and the Boogedy got some pirate booty, which turned out to be chocolate treasure.

Even the street sweepers were decked out! I always think of these as Zambonis, even though I know that isn’t right.

I love xmas lights.

 

Advent Calendar

I decided to get excited about xmas this year. Often we try to travel, but that’s not in the cards this year (plus I don’t want to go somewhere cold and have to replace a wardrobe that I got rid of when I left Utah).

I subscribe to the wonderful newsletter from kids craft weekly, and inside the last issue was this beautiful idea: an origami advent calendar. I made 24 cups, here’s a closeup:

And this is where they are displayed in our kitchen.

Today we met the Boogedy at school with the December 1 cup. He was SOOOO excited. Inside was a tag that said “Pick out a Christmas tree!” He carried that cup and tag all the way to the nursery and picked a fluffy little island pine in a pot.

Here are the other tags I have made, with events and crafts and fun things to do. On days when I’m just not feeling the urge to do ANY of these things, the Boogedy will get a little square of deep dark chocolate, a real treat around here. Luckily, Key West is brimming with holiday events, many of them family friendly and inexpensive.

Many of these special ideas came from the newsletter. Do you have any other easy, cheap ideas for me to include?


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