“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more”
- Dr. Seuss
I have kept that quote in my head this holiday season.
I normally make a Christmas wishlist, a list I make in my head. It helps me answer the questions I get from friends and family when they ask “What do you want for Christmas?” But this year I didn’t make a list. As we sort thru our whole house to make space for the baby, donating and giving things away, I realize, we have too much stuff.
Toss, Restore, Organize. That’s what I’ve been doing this past few weeks. Some call it nesting, but I really just want to simplify things around here.
I love giving to others, it makes me happy to give. My favorite gifts to give are the thoughtful ones or something that would give a good experience to someone else. I always say, I’d rather make memories and experiences, than collect material items.
Anyways, all I really want to say is that I am wishing for a simple and relaxing holiday season. More simple that what I am used to. Maybe it will be a new tradition that I want for my family. Who knows? Maybe it’s my way of preparing for the baby, knowing that our lives are going to get crazy soon and I just want these last few months to be quiet and relaxing? We shall see.
I want to be in the moment. I don’t want to lose the meaning of Christmas in the midst of all the gift shopping and gift giving and non-stop social events.
Speaking of simple and easy, I made a treat recently that came out delicious and honestly, quite addicting.
This only takes about 15 minutes to make, which is great for me since I try not to be on my feet for too long these days.
I call this Toffee Crack. It’s homemade toffee and it will be your new guilty pleasure
They don’t look pretty, but they are worth making. I brought the first batch to work and everyone loved it. It took me less than 5 minutes to explain how to make it from start to finish and I’ve had one person told me that he made it for his kids already
(recipe found on Pinterest, from here)
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 bag of chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
- Line cookie sheet with saltines.
- Melt butter in pan, add sugar and stir until just combined. (don’t stir too long, or you won’t be able to spread it)
- Pour over saltines & spread evenly.
- Bake @ 350° for 5 minutes (until bubbly).
- Remove from oven, pour chocolate chips on top, let them melt a bit, then spread over the toffee.
- Refrigerate until set and then break into pieces
What are your favorite gifts to give during the holidays?