One of the Christmas brunch ideas that I got from Pinterest was this Christmas tree shaped fruit tree. The site said it was easy and I didn't think too hard about this claim. All I needed was toothpicks, a selection of fruit and a green styrofoam cone. So I went to the craft store and since the site didn't specify what kind of styrofoam, I picked the cheapest food grade version. Perhaps that was how I went wrong.
Or perhaps it was my idea that creating the tree would be a fun preschooler bonding experience. Turns out that sticking toothpicks into a styrofoam cone is surprisingly difficult. I had to break my toothpicks in half, because I was utterly unable to force them in far enough that they didn't stick out the fruit otherwise. This resulted in a couple of dozen tiny little splinters covering my fingers. It also turns out that covering the tree takes far more fruit (and toothpicks!) than I anticipated. I was at it for over an hour! Elizabeth was kept entertained by eating most of the green grapes, which she has decided she really really likes. I had originally thought of making a second one for Boxing Day, but my family will be lucky if I ever try making a fruit tree again!!! Luckily, my also-Pinterest-inspired cheese and cracker plate WAS as easy as advertised.
Elizabeth was very excited to finally be allowed to open her presents "for Jesus' birthday". She was less excited about the stocking at first, but by the time she got to open it she seemed to have come around. This was a relief because up until late Christmas Eve she was still insisting that stockings were not a good idea and we should be asking St Nicholas to come back and fill her shoe again! Her favourite part was trying to figure out who had put which items in her stocking!
Auntie Heather, Grandma and Grandpa J, Auntie Janice and Ray all joined us for present opening and Christmas breakfast. We skyped with Grandma and Grandpa H, who were VERY unseasonably dressed in shorts and t-shirts - clearly we are Northern Hemisphere kind of folks! Elizabeth thought this was very funny. In the evening we had a lovely dinner at Chris and Yukiko's with the whole family.