Our weekend was filled with live Christmas music & baking!
Friday we had our family pizza night in listening to music, baking pecans, and playing our new favorite game, Ticket to Ride.
Saturday we baked holiday treats with the kids (including a favorite from my Grandparents' recipe from their Bohemian bakery that I'll be sharing this week) and then Hubby and I attended a friend's surprise party! I love a good surprise, as long as it's not for me :).
Sunday we attended a Christmas concert that my son's guitar teacher is the band leader for. The music was heavenly! It was special for my son (and the rest of us) to see his teacher on stage performing. Then we hosted that same guitar teacher's students at our home for their annual guitar recital. I say it often, there's nothing like a party at home. We needed a large enough space for seating 40-50 people so we held the party outside. The temperature was in the 50s, therefore, we provided hot cocoa and lots of blankets and our guests commented that they felt cozy and comfortable. Everything about this evening made this season feel complete. Friends and strangers and music filled our home. I mostly stood in the back of the crowd because I wanted to take in all the magic that surrounded us. Little and big ones snuggled in close and one little one fell asleep on his mama's chest.
I framed Christmas sheet music to decorate the hot cocoa table for this special event. This is the original sheet music that my Grandparents played on the Organ every Christmas as we sat beside them singing along as children. I love decorating with a memory!
We had some extra time while putting together the hot cocoa station so we quickly whipped up these treats that the kids will share with their school friends and neighbors. I was excited to find these wooden spoons on Amazon because I didn't want to dip plastic in melted chocolate. I did the dipping in the melted chocolate and then let the kids top with their favorite mix-ins. Easy and fun!
Here's how I packaged them for my little one's old's preschool class. The others I'll have the kids write their names.
Shouldn't every night in December end like this - sleeping beside a Christmas tree on top of a Christmas book.
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