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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to my friends and family! May you be blessed.
Taking a little break to enjoy being with family and friends. I'll see you after the New Year!

With joy,
Cecilia



Gingerbread Kisses and Warm Christmas Wishes

What's better than gingerbread at Christmas?
Not much unless it's a hot cup of your favorite beverage along with a yummy cookie.

So of course, the city kitchen got dressed up with gingerbread men.

A train:

Gingerbread tea light houses with cookie cutters in a large jar:




Cute fabric gingerbread man with gingerbread trees:

Wood ornaments painted by yours truly and hung from the paper towel holder and on the wall:


 And old fashioned molasses cookies with a chocolate drizzle on top... or not. 😀

Normally I make cutout gingerbread cookies but all my helpers are grown and out of the house. I miss those days. And while I could definitely make them on my own, this recipe is just as delicious and way easier. The recipe comes from a sweet friend.

I just changed it up a little and rolled the dough in chopped pecans instead of sugar and once they came out of the oven, drizzled them with chocolate. Yum.

Gingerbread kisses indeed!


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Creating Christmas Link Party

Christmas Bits and Pieces

Today I'm sharing some great finds and other bits and pieces of Christmas decor. 
First off, I stopped into my local Good Will and came away with these treasures: A swag that needs refreshing but will be fun to redo and a small wooden sleigh. It has slight damage to one of the runners but I'm thinking a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint and you'd never notice.
Then I stumbled across the footed bowl for $3.99 so I grabbed it to add to my collection. A really nice wreath and mini Christmas tree that just need a bit of fluffing, and a nice red and white striped bowl. I was very happy with my finds and they will find a spot at the farm!
Then I stopped into Wal-Mart where they had these wood and galvanized metal deer and trees. who knew? Yes, I'll take some! They are perfect for a farmhouse look!

Over in their ornament section, I found this cute truck with presents and a tree. Cute! I removed the hanger and placed it with my Night Before Christmas vignette.

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Love is Christmas - A Cozy Christmas Tour

Christmas...that special magical time of year when family and friends gather together.

Where memories are made and laughter rings out.


Today, I am joining 14 other bloggers in a "Cozy Christmas blog tour" hosted by Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles. I'm so glad you could join me. (Links at the end of the post).

I remember waking up early...before Mom and Dad said we could get up...and gathering with my sisters, whispering and giggling in anticipation of the Christmas tree loaded with presents underneath it.



At the appointed time, we'd all jump out of bed and "wake" my parents (trust me, they were already awake from our excited whispers).



They'd get up and Mom would start the coffee pot,

Dad would get the boys up and make sure the camera was ready, then finally, we'd get to run to the living room where we would behold the wonders under the tree.



 We didn't have much money but somehow my parents always managed to get us not only something we needed…