Yesterday was our first snow of the year and they canceled school. I couldn't have asked for a better kick-off to our Christmas Vacation. Snow days force you to stay at home and drop the schedule, and since my agenda often overtakes my life, a day indoors with the kids was exactly what I needed.
Up until yesterday we haven't made time to “stop and smell the pine-trees.” In fact I've been so crazed that we didn't even get our Christmas Cards made and sent this year. (I am currently dealing with major guilt in regards to that. I love the cards. I love making them-- and especially receiving them and seeing how everyones families' are growing. Often it's the only catch up I have with old friends and distant love ones, but I just couldn't get it together this year. Still- I cannot give them up entirely, so we plan on doing a fun Valentines Card, or possibly President's Day.
So, what did we fill the day with? First, we cleaned the whole house. That doesn't sound like much fun, (and my kids didn't think it was either), but it set the stage for a peaceful Mom day. With everything clean, I was able to really relax, and although they would never admit it- I think they like playing in a clean space as well.
We baked. We made English Toffee, and Russian Teacakes, both of which are long standing Greene Traditions that I'm passing on It just wouldn't feel like Christmas without either of those.
I found time to sew some projects I've wanted to work on. Currently we're making corn bags to give as gifts. (I guess I should explain what those are- but that's another post.) To top it off, Stanton came home early! To see him in the daylight on a weekday is exciting indeed!
If only everyday were a Snow Day.