The candle-lighting of the menorah during Hanukah is a major (usually the first major) landmark in our Yule celebrations each year. Hanukah is one of those holidays that the dates of observance shift a bit each year — and even though it came and went unusually early this winter, we are already on to the next phase of our holiday fun. Yule Tide Major Landmark Number 2 showed up last night.
There was a minor explosion of cookie-baking that sent red hots, raisins, and powdered sugar icing colliding with gingerbread dough, and showered everything (and I mean everything) in red and green fleck sprinkles, and rainbow dot sprinkles, and laughter.
Today all but a small portion of these beauties were packed up in bags that the girls had already decorated. Each bag was tagged with the name of its intended recipient(s), and added to a huddle of over a dozen similar bags. Xi took considerable care decorating one especially for her mom. Echo decided to make one for her imaginary step-mom, Mama Pom Pom, as well.
I wish I’d thought to make one for my imaginary step cousin… uh… Stieg.
Be well. And Bon Hiver!