Hello! Welcome to the last Happy List of 2023. I’m glad you’re here.
This week on the blog we took a tour through history and discovered that our house was built before Christmas trees were a tradition in the United States. That tidbit blew my mind. I also got a little contemplative and shared some thoughts I’ve had about this season.
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(image: via Domino)
This DIY New Year’s Eve balloon idea from Studio DIY is so cute.
DIY VICTORIAN TINSEL
Remind me next year that I want to try making this Victorian tin tinsel. You just need a drill, a roll of aluminum wire, and pliers. Totally doable.
(image: Dans le Lakehouse)
Where did eggnog get its name? The egg part is self-explanatory but the nog part is not.
It could have come from the word noggin. A noggin was a drinking cup before it became slang for head. In the 1600s, people began using the word noggin to describe a “modest quantity of liquor,” so maybe that’s where the term began.
There’s also a theory that eggnog is a combination of egg and grog.
Talk about a mystery for the ages. Learn more here. You can decide what is most likely.
P.S. Handy Husband is a BIG fan of eggnog, as evidenced by the current collection in our refrigerator. He’ll drink it straight or put it in his coffee for creamer. One of our kids adds it to chai tea. I am not a fan of eggnog…it’s too thick for me.
All of you who collect jadeite must be living your best lives during Christmas. The decorating possibilities!
(image: via Cottages and Bungalows)
CINNAMON SUGAR PRETZELS
This seemed like a fun, delicious, and quick snack to make for the kids. Get the recipe here.
(image: Nesting With Grace)
Why Write Love Poetry in a Burning World by Katie Farris
To train myself to find in the midst of hell
what isn’t hell.
The body bald
cancerous but still
beautiful enough to
imagine living the body
washing the body
replacing a loose front
porch step the body chewing
what it takes to keep a body
This scene has a tune
a language I can read a door
I cannot close I stand
within its wedge
Why write love poetry in a burning world?
To train myself in the midst of a burning world
to offer poems of love to a burning world.
Thank you for reading today’s Happy List.
Be good to yourself and others this weekend. This Christmas.
I’ll see you back here on Monday.
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