Ahhh, not a very bookish week... too much else going on, what with work, baking, cleaning and shopping. Baking is perhaps my favorite of the holiday to-dos - every year we bake several batches of my Nana's Christmas cookies (using passed-down-through-the-generations old-fashioned cookie cutters), and molasses spice cookies, which fill the kitchen with the magical smells of molasses, ginger, cloves, allspice and cinnamon - worth baking for the aroma alone.
We got a little more crafty than usual this year.... inspired by a wonderful recent blog post over at Lena Sledge's blog, the kids and I learned how to make beaded bookmarks (a.k.a. "book thongs").... they were a great project, not too hard (kids needed just a little assistance with knots and crimping), and they turned out so pretty! We made one for each of the teachers, and paired them with these very cute (but not very expensive) paper-covered travel journals from Michael's... the jewel-tone colors matched perfectly, and together they made charming gifts.
Here's a close- up of one of the bookmarks my daughter made:
Looking forward to getting back to more reading and reviews after the holiday (coming soon: Xu Xi's excellent short story collection Access and The Thorn and The Blossom, a very pretty new book from Quirk Books.) As this year winds up, I am so grateful for all of you who have been part of the blog - many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment, and share; write a guest post or be a guest for Q&A; or write one of the many wonderful books and short stories featured here. Wishing you a truly Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Kwanzaa.
Are you having a bookish or non-bookish holiday? What traditions are you enjoying this season?