my me-sized north pole
As Christmas is only a mere 3 (!) days away, my foodie elf duties are kicking into high gear. As all my Christmas gifts this year are in the form of edible treats, the few days leading up to Christmas are full of delicious smells in my little North Pole apartment. Between sugared almonds, melting chocolate and baking granola, I’m making the whole neighborhood smell delightful.
The burnt sugar almonds I mentioned yesterday came out beautifully and, when all packaged up in their perky little bags, nearly bring a tear to the eye. Among other delectable goodies, I’ve made a metric ton of dark chocolate peppermint granola and am fully enjoying constantly coming home to the smell of Christmas treats. It must be rubbing off on me because even after simply making pancakes this morning for my mom and niece, I went into work smelling like baked goods. (Seriously, ask my co-workers. It apparently was rather distracting.)
Some people in the streets seem a bit frenzied and more than a little psychotic, which I just don’t get. I went to the grocery earlier to pick up a few things and when I was walking out, there was someone zooming around the parking lot, laying on her horn for a good 20 seconds just to let everyone know how “in the way” we all were. I wanted to shout “Merry Christmas!” and give her a happy wave, but I feared she might run me over. In an SUV versus me, the SUV would definitely defeat my holiday cheer.
However, on the upside, the Salvation Army volunteer in the store was happily singing Christmas carols at the top of his lungs to all us passerby. It was actually quite lovely, despite the fact the poor fellow couldn’t have carried a note in a basket. I think he takes his Christmas cues from the wisest of yuletide sages, Buddy the Elf.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”
(I hope Ms. ZoomyMcGrouchypants heard that when she walked in and cracked a grin.)
What are some of your last minute Christmas activities?