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December Precious Moments

Where has this month gone? I blinked and it is now almost January. I love this time of year. A fresh slate, with no mistakes on it...yet (almost quoting Anne of Green Gables ūüĎć). Of course, through Jesus, every day is a new day with no mistakes in it. Maybe, new day resolutions could be…

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Wintery Seasons of Joy

My plans for Wintery Seasons of Joy Welcome to Wintery Seasons of Joy, I am so glad you are here!¬† I have missed writing these posts, but y'know what?¬† I have also missed looking back and reading them too.¬† The next few months will be exciting as I seek to explore this side of my…

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Homemade Christmas: Door Plaques

Thomas made these from a piece of scrap wood which he cut to five equal sizes and rubbed down until smooth. ¬†Using a glue gun he attached the letters (from Scrabble) of each girls' name, drawing a heart on either side: Gary then attached them to the door of each of the girls' rooms: He…

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Homemade Christmas: Name Signs

If he had the time Gary was going to carve these as well, but the other signs took so much longer than he thought they would we needed to ¬†come up with an alternative. ¬†Enter a couple of sharpies and a wife. ¬†Gary cut and sanded the wood before it came to me. ¬†I wrote,…

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Christmas Traditions: Annual Christmas Party

Just wanted to add a quick post to my Christmas Traditions page. ¬†We began this only three years ago, but it feels like I can say it is now an annual tradition. ¬†The first year it was just Nik's family and mine; the second Lorna and her family joined in and this year was the…

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Christmas Traditions at Angelicscalliwags

This blog is primarily a gift for my children.¬† It is the legacy of their childhood.¬† The best bits, the memories, successes and trials for them to look back on as adults.¬† A gift of love and of the treasure of our family life.¬† I don‚Äôt want to forget, but I also don‚Äôt want my…

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Plans for an Easy-peasy Christmas Season

Christmas is usually our silly manic period, but this year we decided to try to recreate the relaxed Christmases we always took for granted in Ireland. ¬†I have a few activities which the children have written on slips of paper and popped into our Advent calendar: These are simple activities, some¬†we do every year such…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve

I do realise I'm posting this after Christmas, but I wanted to include it in my tradition series, without having to wait a whole year to do so. This is a tradition we have had since Gary and I shared our first Christmas together in our very own flat.¬† It has changed a little, accommodating…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions # 6: Apple Sauce and Cinnamon Decorations

Donna¬†asked if I would post the recipe for these, so here it, especially for you, Donna!¬† It is a recipe from the book 'The Adventure of Christmas'.¬† We make these each year. No-Bake Spiced Dough Ornaments 1 cup ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg 1 cup apple…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions # 5: Decking the Halls

For the last two years decorating for Christmas has felt more of a chore than a joy.¬† What with the cancer and a baby who wouldn't stop crying day and night, Gary, the older children and I¬†were exhausted.¬† Last year I remember having got out all the decorations into the living room, and disappearing to…

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Angelicscalliwag Christmas Traditions # 4: Preparing for Advent

The tradition of preparing for Advent goes back to the beginning of our marriage.¬† I was a newish Christian and determined that every part of my life should at the very least attempt to reflect my beliefs.¬† Advent would be our time for preparing to celebrate Jesus' birthday.¬† Thing was, I was new at this…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions # 3: A Christmas Decoration

T11 was born just 9 months and three weeks before his twin sisters.¬† After a very dangerous time giving birth to L naturally and C by emergency caesarean, amounting to no blood pressure or pulse at times for me¬†and four blood transfusions, I discharged myself just two days later to be at home with three…

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A very special present

Hello everyone and happy new year!¬† I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are all looking forward to a brand new year, with no mistakes in it....yet.¬† (sorry, one of my favourite near quotes from Anne of Green Gables) We had a great Christmas, which as usual was kept very simple.¬† We…

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