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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Who knew? How to...Celebrate Leon Day

We're celebrating Leon Day today. 
Happy Leon Day!

If you don't know what Leon Day is, no worries. Until a handful of days ago, I didn't know what it was either. You see, Leon Day is celebrated today, June 25th, and is the midway point until...Christmas. Yep, that's right, I said it - Christmas!

I know Christmas may be the furthest thing from your mind right now - we're in the midst of summer, for goodness sake. We're all popsicles, the sound of lawnmowers, and fire flies. However, Leon Day (Noel spelled backwards - clever, right?) gives us the opportunity to enjoy a little Christmas magic outside of a wonderful, but often times very busy, holiday season. To celebrate this lovely day, maybe you and the kids bake some Christmas cutout cookies for a friend as a nice surprise. Or you could write out your Christmas list and start making or shopping for the gifts now so that last minute spending doesn't blow the budget. Maybe you do what we decided to do to celebrate, make some eatable ornaments for our bird friends that fly south for the winter. 

I love preparing our house for the holiday season, our two large Christmas trees, one in the foyer and one in our family room, being my favorite things to decorate. We fill those trees to bursting with treasured ornaments made or purchased by ourselves or loved ones (these Christmas Ornaments from Patience Brewster are especially whimsical). So we thought, why not gussy up a tree outside to top off Leon Day. Here's what we did; we took some many-days-old bagels, slathered them with peanut butter, and sprinkled with a heavy dose of sunflower seeds. We strung them with bakers twine (as well as some crackers, you know, for variety) and hung everything from a Christmas pine in our yard. Now we can delight in watching the birds feast on our Leon Day ornaments! 

And for the two cuties that thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Leon Day with me, we toasted this new-to-us holiday with Roasted Strawberry Mint Lemonade (don't miss this recipe next Monday!!). Yum!

Happy Leon Day!


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