After the game we then scooted to the town to the west of the farm, where my parents live, to have supper and those that were missing on Christmas opened their presents from Grandma and Grandpa. On the way we stopped at the farm to pick up the 'visitor' dogs--the five that belong to my children--and they went with us to town. My three stayed at the farm.
It was a bitterly cold weekend in Minnesota with below zero temperatures and way further below zero wind chills. The Vikings were playing at home in the Twin Cities in what I read somewhere was expected to be the third coldest football game in NFL history. My older daughter and her group left in the evening to return home Saturday night. My son and his group left after breakfast on Sunday morning. My younger daughter will be heading home on Monday morning but she was not at the farm so it was a pretty quiet day.
On Sunday I took down the tree and as I was tossing it over the fence for the herd it occurred to me that I took no pictures this weekend and I decided to do what I could to take some post celebration pictures to at least capture some of the highlights. As a note to how cold it is, usually our goats will clear my old Christmas tree of every single needle within an hour of getting this treat. It is so cold that they have not ventured out of the barn to find it.
|tree skirt with holly and berries|
This is my new tree skirt. It is a gift from my sister and I love the design of it. The new one is more suited to the farmhouse; very different from the fussy one that I have used previously. For the last few years I have had a gold and red tree, gold skirt, ornament hangers, rope and bows and red balls. It matches the garlands that go above my three windows. The last few years I have used a tabletop tree as the farm house is small and the majority of the dogs are big and sometimes a little rambunctious. When the whole family is together and the room is full of dogs and people and presents it only makes sense that the tree is on a card table in the corner up out of reach and accidents. This year, I knew that our real tree would be missing most of the needles by the time of our celebration if it was put up and decorated early so it went up late. I was hoping to do a simple tree, and ended up just using cardstock holly and berry cutouts that I cut on the cricut and assembled and decorated in the countdown to our celebration. Even having extra weeks I was still scrambling to be ready in time.
|paper gift tag/ornament|
Our holiday meal at the farm was a brunch. We had crepes with a sweetened whipped cream cheese or nutella filling topped with fruit and sweetened whipped cream. There are no pictures of a fancy table set with my Christmas china but we did use it. The filled stockings served as place cards. The tablecloth stayed but my table is narrow so the centerpiece box was relegated to the end of the table.
|centerpiece box decorated for Christmas|
|my Christmas china|
|glass napkin rings|
After brunch we opened presents. This year I only made a couple of Christmas gifts and only one for this celebration. My son had requested that his gift be a handcrafted bag for his Kubb blocks. He had been using a variety of reusable grocery bags but they didn't hold up well and he was looking for something stronger. As is my usual I finished sewing his gift the day before it needed to be wrapped. I finished the wrapping of all of the gifts the day before they needed to be opened. I am a procrastinator.
I received a lot of great gifts and all were food related or kitchen related except for one. The gift that wasn't food related was the labor on a tractor repair. It was really fun and I am so thankful. I have generous children who are creative in their gift choices. A bottle of amaretto peach dessert sauce and tractor labor from my youngest, a salad dressing mixing bottle and four deviled egg trays from my middle and a two layer wooden salt box and pink Himalayan gourmet salt from my oldest along with their other halves. Fun stuff.
|great foodie gifts|
Years ago I made stockings for my kids. Then as they became couples I made a stocking for the new family member. I was unable to find more of the same fabric so I used a fabric that coordinates.
|our people stockings|
|pet gifts and dog stockings|
|Italian Prosperity Jar|
Since I was procrastinating I was assembling them the night before. I made one for me too. It is sitting on the north facing window above my sink but it might have to move to a more sunny window.
|poor lighting for picture|
After presents and the basketball game we headed over to my parents' house. Mom had fixed most of the food. My contribution was dessert and I brought pot de creme from the Pioneer Woman's website. It was pretty easy and a make ahead so it was a good choice. And it tasted good. Coffee and chocolate. All I had to do once we got there was whip the cream and top the little individual pots.
|pot de creme in lion handled pots|