We just returned from our big gathering with my family in northern Washington (I assume Mom will post some photos from that when she has time). I feel so behind now because Advent started while we were gone. I got home and immediately got out the Advent wreath and some Advent calendars for the kids, but that is all so far. My fall decorations are still up. I hope to get more Christmas things out soon, but I'm still playing catch-up. This morning we went to have some family Christmas-themed photos taken, and then I took the kids to the holiday activities at the library where they did crafts and games. Those things are helping to get us into a festive mood.
Since we were all together (that happens very rarely, and never at holidays), we decided to do our Christmas gift exchange a little early. Normally we draw names among the siblings and spouses, but this year we chose to try something different with a White Elephant exchange game.
I made a couple of lettered panels for my and Nathan's contributions. (I know, his wasn't technically from him, but he didn't have time to come up with something and I had ideas, and isn't that what a wife is for?)
Mom ended up with this one.
I got a few small bottles of metallic paints to play with. The gold is actually sparkly!
My sister got this one. I used some coppery colored paint on this one, so it has a bit of a shine, too.
And this is the arty gift I ended up with, brought by one of my brothers. Not that I have time to color, but I have done a few of the coloring pages, which are very detailed and interesting. The book is absolutely mesmerizing. We were all pouring over it, and I have enjoyed reading bits of it. We also had lots of discussion about the relative merits of Van Gogh's life and work.