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We took turns making wishes from the Yule log on Christmas Eve.  I don't know if you're supposed to share the wishes, but I made mine for a good garden this coming Summer.  I had a brief moment of feeling like I need to get to work on working on the raised garden beds this morning, only to realized that Spring is still a good ways off.  Could be the cool, wet weather that has me a little confused.  I could sure use a good snow right now!

Yule Log

I told the children that the sparks from the Yule log represented the spirirts of our family members who have gone before us.  We were inviting them to our celebration.  The highlight of my childhood Christmas Eve's was the time at Grandma Lois and Grandad's house.  They had a table-top Victorian tree and let us drink Cheerwine from their huge collection of tiny (more historically accurate) wine glasses.  How I loved that!

Tomten Treats

With that in mind, we keep Christmas Eve in that mood, with finger foods and Grandad's favorite shrimp cocktail.  You can see the Tomten's plate here.  There was homemade egg nog, cheese log, wee pickles, and plenty of cookies given to us by friends.  I'll admit my Christmas baking was pre-empted by all the Christmas crafting this year.  Mike gave me some snowflake sprinkles, and I'm waiting for just the right snowy moment to put them on some frosted sugar cookies.  I haven't made those in years!  So many cookies, so little time.

Christmas Nature Table

Christmas morning was nice--in a glow of candles we enjoyed our blackberry pudding and the culmination of all the weeks of waiting.  We celebrated with family throughout the day, with plenty of quiet time at home.

Holy Family in the Stable

Here's Roan's little Nativity, with the Christ Child nestled in an oyster shell.   I think the little folks came out just right!

I'm wishing you all a Merry Christmas and peace in the days and years ahead. 

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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