Friday, December 9, 2016

Magical Holiday Season...and our Winner!

The Poinsettia is the traditional Christmas flower for many. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage. Native to Mexico, it derives its common name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825.

The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl, commonly called Pepita or Maria, who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday and was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. A little holiday history for you!

A trip to NYC makes the holiday season special in such a magical way. Indulging in cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery is a must and it was our last stop of the day. Their buttercream frosting ROCKS! I bought a half dozen and popped a few in the freezer in the hopes they will still be tasty. 
 MacKenzie-Childs was all decked out for the holidays. 

Our next stop was Tiffany's to see the tree and then to Henri Bendel's for some holiday shopping. 

A stop at Grand Central Station to shop the holiday market is always a must. I probably should have stocked up on spices :-)

Our "Scoots" group planned a get together to assemble our Wilton pre-baked Gingerbread camper kit that we found at Walmart this year. It brought back memories of my grandparent's Shasta trailer. My grandparents brought their cute Shasta trailer to my parent's camp, and we had campfire dinners, dressed up in my grandmother's costume jewelry, baked pies in the little oven, had treasure hunts, and my favorite thing was to sleep in the "bed" on the upper level of the trailer. 
My heart is getting merrier by the minute. Xavier is nine months old and will celebrate his first Christmas. 
Joe and I went to the Turning Stone Casino for our annual visit to the gingerbread village. Life-size gingerbread houses don't exist only in fairytales! 

The holidays aren't complete without visiting the Gingerbread Village at the Turning Stone Casino. 70 feet long and a confectionary delight! This year they added a moving four-foot carousel with a gingerbread canopy and horses made of frosting and candy.

The Tales of the Traveling Totes members offered a giveaway, and the winner of the lovely glass acorn ornament from MacKenzie-Childs is Kitty's Kozy Kitchen. Congratulations Kitty!! 
Merry Christmas friends! Joy to the World!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. You have been having so much fun..the cute cute face w/beaytiful eyes..he is so much like Lucas was you have no idea:)

    The MC place..your seventh heaven..the gingerbread house..everything..sure puts one in the spirit.
    You guys are cute.

  2. Love this festive post! X is so cute - what bright eyes!! He will certainly make this Christmas fun! Kitty's pkg is in the mail!

  3. Beautiful! I'm making my camper gingerbread today to hold flowers.

  4. Oh what fun you've had, Debbie! Love this post and all the beautiful MC photos. Little Xavier is getting so big - and cuter by the day :) Thanks for the history lesson on poinsettias too!

  5. I love how you & Joe have taken all the holiday spirit in, Debbie. Thanks for sharing all your stops along the way. That gingerbread village looks simply amazing. I can't wait to hear about Xavier's reaction to his first Christmas. I hope you & Joe enjoy all the best of the season - family first! Oh yea, and thank you for that history on the poinsettia. I loved that, and did not know its history.

    Congratulations to Kitty!

  6. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I can hardly believe that I won the beautiful ornament!!! This will be my first piece of MC ever, and it will hold an honorary place on my tree. Thank you, thank you!!
    I loved your history on the poinsettia, too, Debbie, and seeing all the fun places that you and Joe took me to through your photos. I would love to go to each of those places. The MC store must be something else to to see in person, and oh my, those gingerbread beautiful! Now, your darling Xavier is the cutest photo of all. His eyes just melt my ❤️ and I want to kiss his sweet cheeks!
    Thank you and Merry Christmas Blessings to you and your family! xo

  7. Wow Debbie, what a treat to see all of this through your eyes. I know it must have been a blast. Such beautiful scenery. Merry Christmas to you. P.S. no package as of yet.

  8. Debbie, you and Joe are an adorable couple! Wonderful to see all of these fabulous pics. I delighted in your NYC trip, such beautiful sites and fun to see I'm sure. Little Xavier is precious and what a wonderful Christmas this will be with him. Deb, all the best to you and yours for a Joyous Noel.......

  9. Sounds like a fun trip. Gorgeous gingerbread houses too (and the trailer is darling!)

  10. Debbie, First of all, I must say that Xavier just gets cuter and cuter with every photo you share! I want to squeeze him right through the screen! What fun Christmas day will be with him to join in the festivities! I did not know the story of the poinsettia so thank you for sharing. Blogging is so educational! I'm going into NYC Wednesday and hope to see MC and a few other choice spots. We are going to see Holiday Inn at Studio 54! Can't wait and will definitely be taking home some of those cupcakes on the train! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Linda

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