I also purchased some silver glitter butterflies and snowflakes as well as purple icicles that were on clearance this year. The tree topper was a party hat. I thought it came out really nice this year!
I have been using the Twelve Days of Christmas muffin tin that I made to teach our daughter twelve different names for Jesus. I am always amazed by how much she absorbs. I realize that she cannot fully grasp the magnitude of these names and their meanings, but I am laying the foundation for future teaching. On the eve of Epiphany (January 5th) Befana will come as part of our Christmastide celebrations and in honor of our daughter's Italian heritage. I have been reading the book Old Befana by Tomie dePaolo to her at night before bed and she loves to tell us all about Befana sweeping and flying and carrying her basket. Befana will bring Bella a few small toys and some treats (oranges mainly.) Epiphany is also the day we celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings/Magi to bearing gifts to honor Jesus. I'd love to do a Kings' Cake this year, but it may have to be a Pillsbury version ;)
On Sunday we are going to a storytelling event that we attended last year as well. It was a fantastic free <3 event hosted at Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Last year was fun although our daughter was afraid to go anywhere near Befana (as I suspect she will be afraid this year as well.) I hope it is the same woman though because she did a fabulous job!
Oh, before I forget...the one thing that I did not get to post a picture of for Noon Year's/New Year's was the Oreo cookie clock platter that I made. Our daughter loved it!
Happy New Year! I wish everyone a GREAT 2012 filled with fabulous memories!