Although we’re keeping it simple this year since we won’t be home for Christmas, I still wanted to have a bit of holiday enchantment around and did so by bringing nature simplicity indoors and crafting some woodsy magickal decorations.
Nothing fancy, but oh so fun and perfect for our mountain home amidst the forest here in Lake Tahoe. I made these last night with my finds from our hikes the last couple of days, fashioning Christmas trees from pine cones decorated in small shells from the beach and feathers from my bird tribe.
Very whimsical, faery, shamanic.
One looks like a feather tipi tree and the other fit for a merfaery with the opalescence of the shells glowing.
I adore them.
They combine Earth, Air, and Water and sit by the Fire place.
And while I was creating my pine cone guardians last evening, I was also cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Made this amazing creation last night as our holiday cake for our own pre-celebrations since we’ll be off sharing two Christmas’s with family.
I tweaked a recipe from a new vegan cookbook we received as an early Christmas gift from Dave’s mom called “Cookin’ Up A Storm” from Sea Shepherd, which seemed fitting since I was baking as a big storm was brewing outside.
I made a version of their chocolate banana fudge cake last night and boy was it super moist. I made two layers instead of bundt style that it calls for and I added sliced strawberries in between then used the fudge sauce as icing and laced sliced almonds on top.
All of my creations made with love and from the heart. ❤
I’ve so been enjoying the snowy winter wonderland, chilly scarf, fun snow hats, and moon boots weather, cozy warmth inside, and tons of creative cooking and writing. Not to mention, have taken it upon myself to treat myself to my own little Christmas gifts this year, as I feel self nurturing is always important. And that can be done in many ways, not just with getting yourself gifts, but gifting yourself nurturing time or even just telling yourself some loving things.
For me, this feels to be a key time and pivotal energetically so I thought to gift myself things to mirror that. I’ve enjoyed receiving a few deliveries and opening them like a little kid on Christmas morning, super excited even though I know what they are. I haven’t really purchased things for a while, especially since we’ve been in the Magick Bus for over a year and have down-sized, but since I got rid of so much I was able to get a few things.
We don’t really do gifts unless it’s something we really need or would be useful, so it was fun to combine whimsy with useful in things I got myself that were all centered around a theme I love and supportive to me.
How do you enjoy the the holidays and make it special for yourself?
I find it’s the little things that really make it so wonder-filled. All the thought, care, and love poured into what IS available to enjoy or create is what makes it special. Not how much you have or even what you think you do or don’t have.
Anything can be special and everything is worth being grateful for.
I know that not everyone enjoys or celebrates the holidays and that some people may feel alone or challenged emotionally at these times, and to you I send warmth and love to your heart and wishes of wonder and peace to fill your soul.
There’s a little bit of inspiration that can be found anywhere you look, even if only in nature or in the nature of you, as you are a miracle.
He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!
And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!
Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.