Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year and I anxiously await its arrival each November. Christmas baking, decorating the tree, Christmas music blaring through the house…..I love everything about it.
As you can imagine, finding Christmas “stuff” in this part of the world is a wee bit of a challenge. Now don’t get me wrong, we can find a few things here and there (I hope to blog about that later) but it’s a lot different than what we were used to. We are learning to make new traditions, to be creative with what we have and to greatly treasure the simplicity that comes with Christmas in a new country but I’d by lying if I said it’s been easy.
Our current homeschool curriculum included a recipe several months back for DIY play-doh. I made a few adjustments and tweaked a thing or two to make it more Christmassy. (Yes, as a matter of fact I did make up the word Christmassy but I’m not sure why Mr. Webster hasn’t already jumped on that one.)
Ingredients: 1 c. flour, 1/2 c. salt, 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar, 1 Tablespoon oil, 1 c. water.
Directions: Mix in a saucepan & stir continuously over med-high heat until it forms a ball.
When my dough has formed a ball I take it out and add food coloring, mint extract and glitter, because everything is better with a little sparkle. I don’t measure the amounts, I just keep adding until it looks and smells about right…it’s a fine science.
Throw in some cookie cutters and cute little boys with sky high fowhawks and you’ve just earned yourself thirty minutes of semi-uninerrupted time. You might could actually go to the bathroom in private, read one page of that book you’ve been trying to finish for the last six months or simply hide in your bedroom and eat those Reese Peanut Butter cups you found at the import store that you’ve been hiding in the pantry…if you’re into that sort of thing.