Here's the lowdown:
December 1: We decorated the tree and started our bedtime stories from The Jesus Storybook Bible (continuing).
The bottom of the tree is a bit bare because some-two keep rearranging the ornaments and I didn't bother threading more popcorn and cranberries when I found the boys eating the lowest strand halfway down the tree!
We also started our Advent calendar.
J likes taking out the pieces from the pockets at the bottom and identifying each item. The conversation goes something like this: J - "What's this?" Me - "An angel." J - "What's this?" Me - "Three Wise Men" J What's this?" Me - "I don't know. What is it?" J - "It's a candy cane! What's this?".... You get the picture.
December 2: We lit the first candle on the Advent Wreath.
December 3: We played all our Christmas CDs. Some are better than others!
December 4: We sent some of our Christmas cards. Some are still waiting for me to address the envelopes with the correct postcodes. (Note to self: get on to that!)
December 5: We coloured a printable nativity set.
December 6: We made a treat for the birds.
It was hung around the other side of the apartment near J's window later that day!
December 7: We made our Christmas cake. For each stir J helped me ask God to bless someone we love!
I doubled the recipe (and cooked it longer - about 2 1/4 hours) and the fruit I used was raisins, currants and glace cherries. Other times I've used chopped apricots, cranberries, dates... use your imagination. It turned out very well!
Mum's Boiled Fruit Cake
Boil and cool: 1 lb dried fruit (chopped, if necessary)
1 - 2 tsp lemon zest
8 oz butter (2 sticks)
1 c water
Beat together: 3 eggs
1 c sugar
Add to eggs: 1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp orange essence
Sift and add: 2 - 2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
Stir in cooled fruit.
Bake 1 1/4 - 2 hours at 275*F/150*C (until skewer comes out clean). Cool in tin.