When the kids were little, we would have clam chowder and a snack tray for dinner, pile into the car and look at Christmas lights and sing carols.
Our daughter Lumara continued part of the family tradition. She served snacks and New England clam chowder. We admired her lights and listened to rock and opened gifts. It is nice to add to the traditions.
We even had a Chinese Gift Exchange (also called Rob Your Neighbor) and it was really fun and created lots of laughter.
BEAT EGG WHITES STIFF, ADD ½ CUP OF SUGAR AND BEAT, FOLD IN REST OF SUGAR AND ADD OTHER INGREDIENTS, MIX WELL TOGETHER AND DROP ON GREASED BAKING SHEET OR PARCHMENT PAPER AND BAKE AT 300 DEGREES ABOUT 15-18 MINUTES.
The seeds from inside the gourd make the shingles on the house. The design is burned on with a wood burner. Then it is stained with some alcohol ink and sprayed with a shellac and VIOLA! A terrific creation.
There will be a gourd bowl class in January. Can't wait!
I didn't want to buy another fake tree and then have no room to store it again, so we decided to put up garland and hang all our favorite ornaments on it. Now we can enjoy our ornament collection, still store it easily and continue to travel around! It is all good!