First though, we had some chicken noodle soup with Christmas tree-shaped cream biscuits(Recipe: 2 c. flour, 1TBS baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. sugar, stir together and add about 1 cup of cream (heavy or half and half--whatever you have, although heavy cream makes a tastier biscuit, of course). Stir the cream in until it sort of pulls away from edge of bowl. Knead gently for about a minute, pat it out on a lightly floured board, and cut out with your fave cookie cutter. Transfer to a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with melted butter. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.) Caroline also played Christmas carols on the kazoo (from yesterday's envelope).
And then after finishing her homework, she read me a Christmas book, Snowmen At Night, while we sat in front of the tree:
After that, we took a drive to see the LIGHTS! There is a big neighborhood up the hill that goes bananas at Christmastime. Almost every house gets into it and the result is spectacular! We'll probably go on this drive at least one more time this year. It's a sparkle-fest! See:
The everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight."
--from O Little Town of Bethlehem by Lewis H. Redner