wishing you a merry christmas

markham family 2013 holiday

The Meyer lemon cheesecake and the pumpkin pie are cooling. The chess pie is baking now, and this time, I remembered to add the stick of butter.  The fruit cake cookies were made at 7:30 this morning, and I’ve lost track of how many have been devoured already. We’ve decorated oodles of sugar cookies, and two special ones have been set aside for Santa’s plate. Oliver wanted to give Santa an assortment of cookies, but I reminded him that Santa will have been eating sweets all night and might like only a nibble by the time he gets to our house.

I still have some things on my Christmas Eve to-do list. I need to prepare tomorrow’s cloverleaf rolls (the dough is rising now), prep the ingredients for the cornbread dressing (should have done this earlier), help Sam brine the turkey (we use Alton Brown’s honey brine), and wrap some final presents.

And, of course, Sam and I will be busy again once the kids go to bed. Maddie and Oliver have been tracking Santa on the NORAD Santa Tracker, and the excitement around here has been building all day. Periodically, Madeline jumps up and down and squeals, out of nowhere, “I’m so excited!”

While I have a few minutes of quiet – the kids are off riding bikes with their dad – I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. Whether you celebrate this holiday or another, I wish for you a beautiful day tomorrow, a day filled with joy, love, and an abundance of hope.

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7 Responses to “wishing you a merry christmas”

  1. 1
    Jenny Hartin — December 24, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    Merry Christmas.

  2. 2
    Macaroni Mama — December 24, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    Merry Christmas, love. Thanks for spending time with me and your father today.

  3. 3
    Renée J. (RJ Flamingo) — December 24, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Merry Christmas, MJ! Wishing you and your whole family a beautiful day full of wishes-come-true!

  4. 4
    Gail — December 24, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    Wishing you the very same, my sweet friend. xoxo

  5. 5
    Katy — December 25, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Thank you for this lovely Merry Christmas post and beautiful pictures of your family.
    Blessings and Love to you all.

  6. 6
    Kristen — December 25, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Merry Christmas!!

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    Paula — December 30, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Your family photograph is beautiful and you look radiant! Hoping your Christmas was warm and wonderful and wishing you and your family much peace, comfort and happiness throughout 2014.

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