Ok I'm much better now, and only have one tree (but the other 2 were only small and they are still in the shed...just in case) lol.
I'm also dealing with the old superstition thing - read about it here .
In my quest to find that elusive Christmas spirit, I've already given a batch of upside down Gingerbread Man Reindeer biscuits a trial run -
I am trying to track down the original source of these, I do like to give credit, if I can find it I'll add it here.
Because two of my kids don't like Gingerbread that much, even now as adults (what is wrong with them), I used a plain biscuit recipe this time, but substituted Brown Sugar for Caster sugar to colour them up a bit more.
Here's the recipe
125g Butter softened
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Plain Flour sifted
1 cup S.R. Flour sifted
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon mixed spice and I added a little extra cinnamon as well.
Oven Temp 160c for a Fan Forced Oven.
Sift flours, salt and spice into a separate bowl.
Beat softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well.
Blend in the flour and knead into a soft dough.
Roll out onto a floured board to approx 5mm thick (mine are always a bit thicker) and cut out your reindeer. Place on greased trays or lined with baking paper.
Bake at 160c for 10 - 15 mins or until a nice biscuit colour.
Most of them have been devoured now, but I had 3 trays worth, 2 the size above and a larger one, so the recipe makes well over 3 dozen biscuits.
You do need to find the right shaped Cookie Cutter. I had 3 at home and none of them were the right shape. I found this one, which is perfect, and these nifty icing bottles (which I didn't use for the reindeer, but can't wait to play with) at Marcia's On Montague one of my favourite stores in Brissie.
I also cheated and used this to ice them
So easy! The pack cost around $5, but I still have a little less than half the white left, I only used a tiny amount of chocolate, none of the pink and I already had another tube of Red icing for the noses. I think from memory, the original idea had smarties for the noses, but my cookie cutter is probably a bit smaller.
I thought going to the Christmas Shack might help put me in the mood.
There was plenty to see, and we did enjoy taking my son and his partner to shop for some decorations for their first Christmas in their first home...
Then I remembered Lincraft has all their Christmas stock half priced (until sold out).
Best place to shop for Christmas Decorations, being half price now, and they do have some nice ones.