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Merry Christmas to you. It’s nice to be back. It’s 11pm. on a balmy summers’ evening here in New Zealand. The presents are wrapped, the food is prepped, the kitchen floor swept, so I’m grabbing a minute before midnight carols to send greetings to all my friends out there in cyberspace. Would you like a peek at my Christmas decorating? The picture above is of my collection of Cody Foster glitter houses. I love their colours and the way the lights softly flicker inside.
Here’s a closer look. I think the one with the little poodle outside is my favourite.
I wish I was a better photographer and could take night pictures that would show you how pretty this looks with the twinkling lights.The tree is a Douglas fir. I love the way its branches gently sweep downwards. As you can see, I’m a huge fan of tinsel.
I made pistachio macarons  because they look so adorable. It doesn’t hurt that they taste great too!
The little tree in the kitchen is a Russian spruce. The kitchen tree is usually weighed down with every random ornament and every tinsel garland we can find, but the tree this year was so beautiful, it would have been a shame to hide it. My beloved sister-in-law, Sue, gave me these sweet cupcake decorations for my birthday and I really wanted to highlight how lovely they were.
These cute herd of deer could not be a quicker or easier decoration. Get plastic deer from the toy store, paint their antlers and spots with white glue and dip in super-fine silver glitterPlace-cards made from biscuits glued with royal icing, and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands.
Gifts of homemade lemon cordial, made by my daughter, Emily (the recipe is in my very first post)…..
..and wrapped by me. Fringing scissors are so much fun!
My best friend Jody and my sweet husband Andy in the Christmas kitchen..
and a wish for Peace and Joy to all my dear readers. Cheers, Karen

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