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Merry Christmas 2016

Astrid's 1st Christmas Photo Shoot

Merry Christmas to everyone, from our family to yours. We’re looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas morning with our darling daughter, eating latkes, and opening a few presents. No big showing from Santa here.

Christmas Ornaments

Our family stopped giving presents a few years ago, and I’m grateful for that. Only the kids get something small. The adults in my mother’s extended family do a homemade gift exchange – this year the theme was painting or drawing. Emily and I painted ornaments, and liked them so much we made a few extra for our own tree.

Christmas with Vancouver Family Ukrainian Christmas Eve Dinner

We had our Vancouver family over for a Ukrainian Christmas Eve feast – complete with kutya, borscht, perogies, vegan sour cream, cabbage rolls, beans, mushroom gravy, creamed kale, bread, pickles, and a fruitcake for dessert. Almost all of the food was home-made and vegan (except the perogies which we bought at the farmer’s market and the kutya which has honey), and it all tasted delicious. Ariella even braided a fabulous challah that was glazed with maple syrup and coconut oil. Astrid got to try her first spoonful of borscht and eat some of the sweet potato perogy filling, and I think she liked it.

It wasn’t a purely traditional Ukrainian meal, more of a fusion of cultures to match our family. We started eating at 3:30 instead of waiting for the first star, so the little ones could get to bed. And we lit a menorah to celebrate the start of Hanukkah.

Astrid's 1st Christmas Photo Shoot

Homemade Christmas Gifts 2013

Our homemade gifts for friends and family this Christmas.
DIY Garden Fork Labels
Forked Herb Garden Labels – really easy to make and they look cool. The hardest part was finding enough corks and writing the labels (I hope they don’t smudge in the rain).

Making Body Butter Whipping the Body Butter DIY Organic Body Butter
Organic Body Butter – There’s a store in Vancouver, The Soap Dispensary, that sells bulk oils and butters. I roughly followed the recipe here, using some different ingredients but keeping a 3-1 solid to liquid ratio.

DIY Duct Tape Wallet DIY Duct Tape Bows
Duct Tape Wallet and Bows – Emily made these for my cousin and his family.

Snow Globe Diorama DIY Soap Snow Globe DIY Painting
Soap Snow Globe – Another Emily creation. She turned a jar into a snow globe with soap, glitter, and plastic figurines. She also made a geometric painting.