2 weeks until Christmas! The days and nights have been jammed this week. Busy, busy, busy. I’m buzzing around like a crazy person with Christmas preparations, events with my husband, and “life admin” as I call it. Life admin includes things like grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, and showering—just stuff to keep things moving! I actually don’t mind being busy or running around. There’s just a whole lot of that going on now—more than usual. All I want to do is slow it down, sit on the couch, and eat some cookies. Not possible. No time and no cookies. However, I assure you that I’m conscientiously and expediently working to turn this around. There must be down time accompanied by cookies. That’s how we roll.
Well, I finally finished our Christmas cards. Progress! They’re officially on the way to the U.S. and they should arrive before Christmas. I had to get them done earlier than usual since they have a LONG way to travel from Denmark to the U.S. There’s something intentional about taking the time to write a special note to the people you care about. People matter. Plus, if I have an opportunity to put stickers on something, I will.
It seems like the tradition of sending Christmas cards has really slowed in the past several years. Are people sending their “Merry Christmas” greetings over Facebook? Have people decided to pass on paper cards to save the trees? That’s precisely what trees are for, in my opinion: Charlie Brown stamps, Hello Kitty stickers, and Christmas cards. My sister gave these stickers to me for Christmas one year and I remember almost not being able to speak because I was so excited. This was only 2 years ago. Don’t judge.
Are people not sending cards because stamps are expensive? 49 cents isn’t too expensive to send a card. Do you want to talk about expensive? If you live in Denmark, it costs about $1.47 to mail a letter (weighing up to 1.7 ounces) locally. Ouch. That will be going up to $2.79 in 2016. Double ouch. Now that’s expensive. Luckily we can send our cards from the U.S. Embassy here in Copenhagen to the U.S. and I can use my Charlie Brown Christmas stamps.
So what else have I been up to besides putting stickers all over dead trees? Earlier in the week, we attended a holiday party at the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark’s house (Rufus Gifford). It was a party for U.S. Embassy employees and I went with my husband. As always, it’s great to see folks from the Embassy. I know a lot of them but am always meeting new people. It was a festive evening and the house was decorated for Christmas with multiple trees and wreaths!
Last night, we attended another holiday party at Ambassador Gifford’s house. This one was a little dressier and my husband was in uniform, so I had to step it up and put makeup on.
The Ambassador has a golden retriever named Argos. Here are some sugar cookies made in the shape of Argos! My husband ate one and said it was good. I had to pass on these big, happy cookies since they probably had gluten and butter in them. That’s ok. I ate plenty of raw cookie dough while baking earlier in the day. Taste testing in all phases of the baking process is a must!
In between sending cards and attending events, I’ve been recipe testing at home. It’s a process. That’s for sure. I’ll have some good stuff for you next week. So stay tuned. Until then, have a super weekend!