Christmas is just over a few weeks away, and I've already started stressing about squeezing in all my favorite winter activities. I missed the parade today, and it has me feeling anxious that I might run out of time. Anyone else feel this way?
For us, Christmas will be broken into two parts - the time while we are in the city and the time where we return home to California. Both with have their perks. I am in love with the glamorous idea of ice skating at the downtown rink by the art gallery and getting back to my roots at the German Christmas Market, both walking distance from our apartment. It might even be my first holiday season with snow! All the streets downtown are covered with white twinkly lights and I can feel the spirited energy of the hustle and bustle wherever I go. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I LOVE living in a city with little boutiques, cafes, the arts, and activities just steps away. Can you even imagine doing Christmas shopping without going to the mall??! This shall certainly be a year to remember.
Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without family and fun at my childhood home. I am so thankful that we are able to travel back to California this year. As much as I love the city, I crave the comfort of my parents' house and all of the traditions that remind me of Christmas past. Christmas Eve Mass, presents in our pajamas, and searching for beautiful lights and decorations from the big, country homes nearby - these things really cannot be replaced. I might not have my own kitchen to bake in or somewhere of our own to host the Christmas Eve dinner that my husband and I prepare every year, but I look forward to squeezing all of my loved one under the same roof for a few days.
Speaking of running out of time, I have more ideas for cakes to bake and toppers to make than there are days left of this year. Over the next few weeks, I hope to round out 2013 with some of my favorite show-stopping treats for you all. Meanwhile, feast your eye on these Christmas Candy Cupcakes. If you remember, I made some similar cupcake toppers for Halloween. They were so fun to make, that I knew I would make more for the holidays. I decided to use pink, green, and a bit of gold pastels for this year's color palette instead of the traditional red. Edible glitter helps make the candies even more festive and whimsical. My favorites are definitely the wavy ribbon candy.
These Christmas Candy Cupcakes (toppers only) can be found in my Shop. Each set of 6 includes ribbon candy, a peppermint candy, candy cake, gumdrops, holly and berries, and a lollipop! Please remember to place your order for these toppers and the popular Christmas Trees by the end of this week!
Note: for all my beautiful followers and clients from Sacramento, the ordering deadline may be extended if you'd like to arrange a meet-up while I am in town.