This Christmas is going to be very different for us. Normally we have a 7.5 ft+ Christmas tree, I have a huge Christmas village that I LOVE to put up, we are also usually the house that goes way overboard on the outside decorations and lights. You know the house that everyone drives by. But this year we aren't doing any of that. This year is the year for simplicity.
Most of you know we are living in a tiny, temporary home. To have a 7.5 ft tree would take up my entire living room. Now, like I told Chris, if we didn't have a 6 year old running around playing, I wouldn't care. :) On top of the small living conditions, all of our Christmas decorations are in storage. When we were moving stuff into storage we loaded all the Holiday decorations to the very back of our storage units. We thought our stuff would only be there for a month. Surprise, surprise!
So, because it has been raining and cold and I am just too darn lazy to go dig through storage, we are making our own ornaments! We are also getting a tiny little tree. Maybe 4ft? Maybe smaller.
Normally this would just bug me! I don't know why. I guess I am pretty set in the way things are done. I am not one who tolerates change well. But for some reason I am kind of excited about this. Who knows what this will mean for future Christmas'!
All that to say (hey, i'm Italian, I can't help but tell the ENTIRE story before getting to my point!), today we made Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments. The smell alone is enough to put me in a great mood! Chris, Maggie and I teamed up and had a good time! I made the dough, they rolled and cut. Then we decorated with some glitter. The ones that didn't get all glittered up will get painted.
All I did was take equal parts of cinnamon and applesauce, mixed together very well. Made sure it wasn't too gooey-just a nice dough consistency. Rolled out on a piece of wax paper. Used cookie cutters to cut shapes, added glitter and baked at 170 for 1 hour on a cookie sheet. Then took ornaments off the cookie sheet and put on cookie rack, baked another 1 1/2 hours. Tie strings on them and then hang! Super easy!
It was a nice family activity. Everyone loves getting their hands gooey in dough and sprinkling glitter. The Christmas music was going in the background, kitchen window shades open with a promise of snow! Looking forward to hanging on our tree and having a "semi-homemade" Christmas!