The Santas are gone...and the snowmen are out, dreaming of a white winter yet to come.
It was pretty easy putting Christmas away this year...half the ornaments had fallen off the brittle tree, the amaryllis bloomed around Thanksgiving--leaving just the floppy green leaves, and the Christmas cactus is down to a couple flowers. The Dollar Store nativity set is still out until next week (yes, the one Freddy LOVES!); the large family Hummel set was gifted this year to our DIL. She loved it. (She even loved the fact that her husband had decapitated Caspar when he was little. --Never fear, head was glued back on.)
While we were visiting son and his family, I thought it would be fun to make a beeswax nativity set for the littles to play with. (I sort of had a theme going this year.) I had brought the molds, the beeswax, and a dedicated wax saucepan with me...we carefully melted the wax, and ever so c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y poured it into the molds. So far, so good. After about 30 seconds, the novelty of this project wore off, and off 5 of the 7 grands went for something more exciting than watching wax set. (The refrig was too full to speed this process along.) As they ran off, the remaining 2 grands barged into the kitchen from outside (knowing they had missed some unmistakable Grandma-fun)and proceeded to toss a jacket onto the wise men, the shepherd boy, the lamb, and the camel. Because they also were traipsing mud in their wake....we missed the initial jacket landing. Do you have any idea how FAST fleece soaks up melted wax? Instantaneously. Believe me. I know.
After about an hour of picking wax (and ironing it and freezing it--I now feel well versed in wax removal), I gave up and grabbed the guilty grand and out we went to buy a new coat. Phew. Solved that problem. (There was a little holiday miracle out of this....while the wisemen didn't make it, the shepherd boy was footless, the camel had no head, the angel lost his wings---Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus escaped totally unscathed.)
We got home with a pot still half full of wax. Why not? I'll make my own beeswax set without any little people help.
I melted the plastic wax molds. oops.
New Year's Resolution....
I'm sticking to knitting.
Happy New Year, friends!! Have you made any resolutions this year???