the tree is up and decorated. (her wee little tree is still on the porch, propped just so with the trunk in a small cooler full of water, awaiting a stand of some sort. tomorrow will be the day, I think) that teeny little mouse-in-a-walnut ornament is one of my favorites from childhood. my mom made it I suppose 30 years ago or so. LOVE it. peppermint bark got made. I had an eager helper. also, some lavender coconut tapioca pudding. Rudolph. cards for friends. it's a busy time, but a good-busy time. we're taking things a day at a time, soaking in the season a bit here and there. coming up this weekend are a soup swap (I'm hosting a small gathering to get some photos and ideas together for my upcoming contribution to Heather's Hibernate workshop, which I am very honored to be a part of), our annual trip to go see The Nutcracker, and I'm attending my first ever cookie exchange. 'tis the season!