Saturday, December 09, 2006

It's beginning to look (a little more) like Christmas...

I decided not to put up the regular Christmas tree this year. I just wasn't in the mood. Our lease prevents real trees, and our fakey is small and sad. So, if we are going with small and sad trees, I decided to go all the way with the Charlie Brown Pathetic Tree.
pathetic tree
I saw this last year at Urban Outfitters, but was late on ordering and missed out. This year, I picked one up early. When I saw the linus blanket at the store, I couldn't resist. It's makes a most appropriate tree skirt, and will be a very warm blanket for watching tv this winter. The bonus on the blanket is that a percentage of the proceeds go to Project Linus.

In addition to the pathetic tree, I wanted something with some lights. Enter a metallic, lime green tinsel tree.
tinsel tree 2
I've had this tree since our days living in an efficiency apartment. The angel hanging over it is new.
angel 4
This was created by a folk artist from my hometown. Her work is extremely cute, and despite seeing it for years didn't own a single piece. Before Thanksgiving, she had an open house at her studio outside of my hometown, and I went with my sisters. When I saw this angel, I couldn't resist. It was a significant splurge, especially since I rarely spend money on decorative things. But just look at that face.
angel 3
Speaking of faces, take a look at this cute little elf.
elf
That just about does it for the Christmas decorations around here. Today we plan on finishing up our shopping. Rykert is thrilled about an afternoon at the mall. I've finished all of my Christmas knitting - at least what was planned - but will be heading over to the yarn store this morning to pick up yarn for another pair of slippers. We'll see if I can get those cranked out. The others have been felted and are currently drying.

I'm also planning on doing some pre-baking this afternoon. I have plans for lots of holiday baking but don't want to get started too early or all the bounty will be stale or eaten by the holiday. So today, I'll prep some dough and freeze.
Here's a short list of some the baking I hope to complete (this is admittedly overly ambitious):
Andes Mint Cookies
Holiday Chocolate Pretzels
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies
Fudge Crinkles
Oreo Truffles
Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Tarts
Spritz
English Toffee (family recipe, but it's not much of a secret)
Chocolate Chip Cookies (my favorite recipe taken from Alton Brown long ago)
Caramel Kisses Thumbprint Cookies

What are you baking this holiday season?

1 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

I saw the Linus Christmas tree in a shop at the East Village in DM yesterday. It was beautifully displayed at Urban Bellys as part of the holiday decorations.

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