the wonder


The wonder of the season may have changed for me over the decades but it’s still there and as long as there is wonder there is magic to be found.

I wish all you all a wondrous Christmas.





did you just sniff that?? my Christmas message


As we were unrolling a large plastic corporate banner, I leaned in pulling it up close to me and closed my eyes for a few seconds.   My colleague looked at me with his face scrunched up and said ” did you just……sniff that?”

And I answered, “yes….why, yes. I did. And it smells like new dolls at Christmas.” I explained that when I was a little girl, the dolls I got at Christmas were made out of some plasticky material that had a particular smell to them when they were new. I’ve stumbled across that scent over the years but not as often as you would think.

Sniffing a new shower curtain liner, I explained to my husband about the new dolls at Christmas smell. And unrolling a banner with a colleague decades younger than me, I again explained the new dolls at Christmas smell. And don’t go telling me about toxic fumes, or chemical things; the smell transports me back to a special time of flannel nighties and excitement to see that Santa came.

My wish for you this holiday season is for you to catch a sniff of your “new dolls at Christmas” memories that take you back to a time of delight, maybe with your big brother and little sister by the Christmas tree from years ago.

Happy Christmas from dreamingofsquirrels.

give the gift you want


I don’t mean give the gift you want to give………. I mean give the gift you want to get. Put all that time into guessing, analyzing and pondering over what the recipient would like?  Heck no!!

A few years ago I figured this out as my Mom gave me back a box of gifts I had given her. Not as a bad thing, but in cleaning out and sorting, she thought I might like the things back and for the most part I did.

So, if your gift from me may be at first glance a little weird, just picture how fabulous it would look on me and know why I got it for you. Waiting for the boomerang.


good friends eat the broken cookies


Having some time to do Christmas baking this year has been great!  And I’ve been a bit of a crazy baking lady, I have to admit.

Those mistakes, though – the not so great decorating, the over-done edges of the brownies, the broken teddy bear cookies – yeah, husbands and friends eat them, but I will save the good stuff for you, too. 🙂 Thanks, guys.