This Christmas season… is different for me.
I don’t know exactly what it is that’s causing it.
There’s a chance it’s because Thomas now works at home with me, having been able to leave his previous job to now run the business side of Cakeheads. (Umm, he may or may not make me breakfast each morning too. *Ahem* There’s that.)
Or maybe it’s that all of our kids have officially left the “very needy” stage of life and have entered the “loving family traditions” stage (as well as each having developed a pretty good sense of humor, enabling them to FULLY appreciate our favorite Christmas movie, Elf…)
but whatever it is, I’m completely soaking this entire holiday season in.
This time, I’m somehow able to stand amongst the Christmas craziness that comes with raising (*cough* keeping alive) four energetic kids in their prime while running a home business, and I’m able to see it for what it really is.
Joy. Peace. And blessings.
Oh, the blessings.
We’ve been given a family.
We’ve been given the means to shelter, feed, and provide for our family.
We are warm, we are as safe as anyone is able to be in this life, and we are loved.
Somehow, this year, I’m able to see all of that for what it is…for the incredible, INCREDIBLE blessings that they are.
To let everything else fall away…to turn the volume down on the rest of the noise in our lives and focus on the sounds coming from those simple crazy blessings we’ve been given…
getting to be the Mama of four amazing human beings, watching them enjoy everything that comes with this magical time of year.
I know it won’t always be this way.
I know there will be years in the future when it will again become a struggle to stop and smell the Christmas cookies,
but I’m grateful for right now, that God’s taken a chisel to the scales on my eyes so they could open up and see the joy that is right in front of my face.
Our lives are not perfect. And they never will be.
But that’s ok.
‘Cause when I can get my brain to stop long enough to look around me, I can clearly see that even in its imperfection, what we’ve been given is pretty stinkin’ magical.
And pretty-stinkin’-magical is my favorite.
Wishing YOU all a pretty stinkin’ magical Christmas. Xx
Here’s a little snippet of video showing you just a LITTLE bit of the sparkle on this golden Santa cake…
(Go to the newest blog post on mcgreevycakes.com to see it if the video doesn’t come through your email!)
I used Confectionary Art’s edible Jewel Dust in white (on Santa, not the star…on the star I used American Gold disco dust) and I love love LUUURVE it!!
He sparkled soooo much in person that I nearly wept with joy.
(You’re judging me. But you KNOW how happy sparkle makes me.)
I also used Roxy & Rich’s Edible Hybrid Luster Dust in Old Gold, and am SO impressed with the shiny gold coverage it gave Santa’s gloves, pockets and hat puffs! Really great stuff!
And I used some White Edible Art Paint on Santa’s beard as my modeling chocolate was off-white and I really wanted to brighten it up a bit. Worked fabulously!
All three are FDA approved and therefore worry free!
And here’s a free little video showing you how I painted and sparkled up Santa once I was finished creating him…
And here his is gettin’ all cut up…
He was all cake (his hat too). Thomas did the cutting at church and was, errr… mangling him a little bit but nobody seemed to mind. 🙂
Become part of the Cakeheads family on Cakeheads.com and get access to ALL of the tutorials on the website, including this full, video, step by step, Golden Santa tutorial…
we’d be honored to have you with us. Xx