Now that Thanksgiving is over (almost... we still have family coming on Sunday) it's time to get into the Vince Guaraldi spirit... that is, Christmas time is here!
I spend all year just waiting patiently for the holiday season to start. It's so warm and cozy to be in the Christmas season... hot cocoa, watching snow fall, warm pj's and fuzzy slippers, family, traditions, food, and sparkly things.
I try to combine as much of the above as possible for the optimal holiday experience, namely traditions. One of ours is the making of salt dough ornaments for our tree every year. We have such a fun time as a family painting and decorating our ornaments, and they're such a fun little gift to give as an accessory on gift wrap or part of a basket for a neighbor.
1/2 cup table salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup lukewarm water
Mix the salt and water together. Slowly stir the salt water mixture into the flour with a fork until a dough forms. Knead for about a minute and a half. This makes approximately 20-24 ornaments. After your ornaments are formed, use a straw to put a hole for the ribbon or hanger and lay them all out on cookie sheets. Dry in the oven for two hours on 200 degrees Fahrenheit and after cooled, they're ready for decorating!
I like using acrylic paints and glitter but really, you can do almost anything with these. They're a great kids craft and we enjoy it every year. Another fun trick is to mix a little ginger and cinnamon into the dough for gingerbread ornaments that smell like Christmas for years to come.
This is one of my favorite family traditions because every year, I can look at our tree and see the love we've shared years past as my children grow. Our tree becomes a custom memory that can't be replicated anywhere else... priceless.