Oh, you guys.
I am afraid that this month is going to be a doozy.
As luck would have it, newly minted four-year-olds are very good at being excited about Christmas and very bad at patience.
Four days into December and I’ve already answered the question, “Is it Christmas yet?” four hundred and eighty billion times.
“Christmas is in three weeks, cutie. Twenty-one days.”
“So tomorrow?” Sigh. Take a gulp of wine. Bang my head against the wall. Repeat.
I bought Lucy the most adorable Disney Tsum Tsum advent calendar, thinking that it might help her understand the countdown until Christmas a little bit better.
But then after opening one door and getting a prize out, she was obsessed. All day she stalked that calendar like prey, trying to figure out how to sneak another door open without us noticing.
Finally, my husband caught her with several doors open and she burst into heaving sobs, her desperation oozing out of her pores. So, I just let her go to town on the darn thing. Life is short, she’s young, and Christmas isn’t supposed to be sad.
It is quite possibly the cutest calendar I’ve ever seen, if I do say so. And I am now the proud owner of 25 Tsum Tsums, which are essentially Disney characters that look like pills. But somehow, it works. I don’t understand it, but it works.
Naturally, I’ve got all sorts of holiday treats lined up this month. Hopefully they’ll not only help with the festivities around here, but they’ll also serve as a distraction for impatient littles. “Why isn’t it Christmas yet? Here, have a brownie.”
Sometimes sugar really is the answer.
These fudgy homemade brownies are completely on point, if I do say so. Fudgy homemade brownies flavored with mint extract and white chocolate chips, topped with peppermint buttercream, ganache, and white chocolate.
They make a great gift and look darn spiffy on a holiday cookie tray.
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