There's no snow yet, and it can stay away a bit longer in my opinion, but it's definitely December or Joulukuu - Christmas month. I guess I should start getting ready, but as usual I'm not prepared or even willing to take my head out of the sand. I have next to no presents for the kids and no ideas what to get them. Luckily, they don't start selling the real trees until later in the month so I can put off decorating. I really need to give the house a good clean beforehand, but that is unlikely, so it will be cleaning as the tree goes up as usual.
But some winter and Christmas traditions, both Finnish and from other countries, I do enjoy. Cookie making, crafting and taking advantage of the cold weather to put on the fire, wrap up warm and eat loads of yummy warming foods.
To be honest though, I'm not getting to eat most of these foods. Since I've become gluten-free I've discovered I have to stay gluten-free or I pay the price. Half a slice of homemade bread and a gingerbread biscuit in the evening yesterday left me in agony half the night. So I'm trying to find gluten-free treats. So far they've been a disappointment. Gluten-free gingerbread that was as hard as a rock and not terribly tasty. Sorry, A, thanks for the recipe, I'll maybe try to tweak it a bit.
What started as an impromptu idea to keep the kids from going stir crazy one weekend became a big project for me. I started out getting Foo to sew on buttons on his gingerbread man, but Bump wanted so many decorations that I ended up sewing everything as her glue wasn't really sticking. I only managed two dolls, but may make the others before Christmas. Or maybe not.
Still a few more weekends before Christmas and then we have no plans over the holidays, so there's time for more crafts and food.