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This will be our first Christmas away from home in many years. As you know we have been spending the last two months in the Pacific Northwest. All four of our grown children live between Seattle and Portland and it was easier for us to come to them then to have them all make the trip to Vermont.

I realize that I have many traditions associated with the Christmas season. Every year we attend the Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, Vermont. Woodstock is a picturesque town and the Wassail Parade is beautiful. Horses and riders all decked out in their Christmas costumes march in a parade around the town green. Everyone is shouting “Merry Christmas” to each other. At the end of the parade everyone gathers on the green for a bonfire and carol singing. For me it is always the start of the Christmas season.Wassail Parade

Our tree is usually decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving and I take such pleasure in hanging  each ornament on the tree; so many treasures. I have ornaments that have been passed down from my grandmother to my mother to me. There are many handmade ornaments made by either my children or dear friends. It was very strange to not have our own tree this year. Instead we had fun helping my daughter decorate her tree.tree decorating

This week we are spending the week with my other daughter in Washington. She has a beautiful tree.Christmas tree Over the years I would give each child an ornament. When our daughter’s married and moved on I packed up all the ornaments I had given them and passed them along. Now as I look at my daughter’s beautiful tree I see the ornaments I had given her.

I do miss our own Christmas tree and the memories I enjoy as I decorate the tree but celebrating Christmas with those I love is so much more important.family We will be gathering with all of our children, their spouses and our grandchildren soon to celebrate Christmas together. We will be celebrating in a rental house where we will all be staying and I’m not sure there will even be any decorations! Instead we will enjoy each other’s company and create new memories of our first Christmas in the Pacific Northwest!

I hope wherever you are this Christmas season you have a wonderful holiday.Gingerbread house

Spending several months on the west coast and being close to our grandchildren has been wonderful! I love that they enjoy helping in the kitchen and I thought that making homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments would be a wonderful craft to do with my granddaughter.Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

These ornaments smell wonderful and there is still time to make them before Christmas!Ingredients for ornaments

Just mix 1 ½ cups of cinnamon with 1 cup of applesauce to make your dough.Combine cinnamon and aplesauce

Place the dough between two pieces of waxed paper and roll out with your rolling pin to about 1/8 inch thickness. I found slightly thicker worked better.applesauce ornaments Peel off the top piece of wax paper and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Add a small hole at the top of each shape with a straw or skewer and let them dry over night, or until they are completely hard. You could also put them in a 150-degree oven to speed up the drying process. Place them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.applesauce ornaments

When cool thread a ribbon through the small hole to hang.

My granddaughter was thrilled to wrap her ornaments to put under the tree for gift giving!applesauce ornaments

Such a fun morning, can’t wait until our next craft day!

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

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