BooMama is currently hosting a Tour of Christmas Homes on her blog. In an effort to write about all things Christmas in the days leading up to the holiday, I thought it would be fun to participate. So, without further ado, I share with you the decorations currently making our home merry and bright.
My husband and I were married only four short days befor Christmas. Our wedding day incorporated many elements of the holiday. Pictured here are the Nutcracker and Christmas ball ornaments that we gave away as favors.
The latest addition to the decorations bringing Christmas cheer to our house...Elf on a Shelf. He was a gift from my beloved friend Keri, at Forever Folding Laundry, for my kids' birthday this year. Although Giancarlo is troubled that the he does not have a name (something that we will need to remedy), the Elf is fabulous and his ability to create peace and harmony in my home because "Santa is watching" brings me immense joy.
Growing up, my grandmother had a number of Santa's like this adorning her home during the holiday. I loved them. They are sentimental for many reasons. When Geoff proposed, he bought me a Santa and placed my engagement ring in the box he inserted into Santa's sack of toys.
Here is the scene that greets you when you pull up to our drive-way. Geoff bought this "lawn adornment" last year. Shockingly, it was the only blow up item at the Home Depot that wasn't sold out during the days leading up to Christmas. Giancarlo loves it.
When looking at this photo, keep in mind that we live in a very urban area in the Bay Area. Maybe Geoff's motivation for the purchase was the fact that we both grew up in a small, rural town. I'm not sure. However, what I do know is that nothing really says "Merry Christmas" like Santa waving hello...from his tractor.
My Mom never ceases to amaze me. Just when I think I have my holiday preparations in order, she'll totally put my efforts to shame. Last year, she made Giancarlo the Advent calendar pictured here. Not only are there mini-cards for him to open for the entire month, but most days there is also a gift.
The Christmas Holiday Tour guidelines also stipulate that we should include some sort of recipe. After all, what kind of host would I be if I didn't have a refreshment to offer my guests? To that end, I give you the best Eggnog recipe in the world. If you have never had homemade eggnog, make this Christmas a banner year and try this. You won't regret it!
Best Eggnog Recipe in the World
6 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1 pint heavy cream, chilled
1 pint whole milk, chilled
Whipping cream to use as topping
Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
Beat the egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Gradually add the sugar, beating continuously.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Fold into the egg white mixture.
In a separate bowl, beat the cream and fold into the egg mixture. Mix in the whole milk until the desired consistency is obtained. Top with whipped cream.