- Molly loves Poinsettias. Santa built her a greenhouse at the North Pole and she grows all different colors of the plants. She gives them away to seniors centers for Christmas.
- Molly is very strong. She competes in the North Pole games in the shot put event and has won several medals.
- Molly is an excellent computer programmer. She helps out with the computer systems on Christmas Eve to make sure the computer on the Santa’s sleigh works.
- Molly’s favorite colors are purple and lime green. She often wears the colors together.
- Molly has not cut her hair for three years. It is thick and curly and she often wears it in braids on her head.
- Molly’s favorite food is honey on toast. Her father was a bee keeper and she used share this treat with her father at breakfast.
- When Molly was eight she met the previous Santa Claus. She stayed up all night under the tree waiting for Santa to appear. When he came down the chimney she asked Santa lots and lots of questions. This tradition continued each year until Santa introduced Molly to the man he was training to take over for him when he retired. The new Santa and Molly started dating and married the next year.
- Molly has a stuffed bear collection from around the world. Santa always brings her a new bear when he goes away on business trips.
- Molly loves dressing Jessie in coats. She thinks Jessie is adorable in the color pink but she cannot get the dog to wear the color.
- Molly once baked one thousand cookies for a fundraiser in a day. She was exhausted by the end of the day but raised a lot of money for her charity.
- Santa’s favorite color is green not red.
- Santa played football at university and was part of the yearbook committee. His university still has his picture posted on the gymnasium wall.
- Santa stays young as long as he practices Christmas magic. The magic prolongs his life around 100 years and then a new Santa is appointed to take his place.
- Molly and Santa met on a blind date that was set up by his parents. Molly initially didn’t like Santa and avoided him for over a month before her mother convinced her to go on a hike together. The pair have been together ever since.
- Santa has a god daughter. She is the daughter of the snow queen and she visits the Claus’ once a year.
- Santa’s favorite toy is the building block. He says with imagination children can build cathedrals, towers, boxes and towns with the tiny blocks.
- Santa struggled with math at school but with tutors he was able to persevere and get good grades.
- Santa has a tattoo of a dragon on his ankle. He got the tattoo on a bet when he was a child.
- Santa’s favorite part of the day is his daily walk with Jessie and Molly. They have explored nature all over the world including Colorado, Algonquin Park, Banff and Alaska.
- Santa’s favorite time of day is 1 a.m. He likes to look at the stars and imagine children on different planets.
1 cup cinnamon
2 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp cloves
1 tbsp nutmeg
3/4 cup applesauce
2 tbsp white school glue
Mix ingredients together to form a dough. Knead until smooth. Roll out dough onto a non stick surface. Use cookie cutters to cut out stars, hearts or preferred shape. Ice cube molds in various decorations can also be used to shape dough. Just fill the ice cube trays and pop out the shapes. In the tea cup pictured above there are small pumpkins that were pressed from a pumpkin ice cube tray.
For hanging ornaments use a straw to poke a hole in the dough. Bake in 250 degree Fahrenheit oven for an hour and a half.
Beads, shells, and Christmas decorations may be glued to the ornaments to enhance the look.
To make a shiny surface a sealer may be used. Only use the sealer on one side of the ornament to ensure the cinnamon scent lasts.
String the ornaments on raffia, old fashioned string or ribbon. When scent diminishes a light sanding with sand paper on the back of the ornament will bring ht escent out again..
Santa fiddled with the bow tie Molly had attached to his neck. It was lime green with polka dots. He thought it looked very cheerful against his drab black tuxedo. He was waiting on the couch with Jessie for Molly. She had already changed her dress three times and Santa was trying not to dose off.
The Christmas in July ball, which because the holiday Monday in July had fallen on August 1st, was something Molly looked forward to every year. She loved to get dressed up and to talk to the Faeries. She spent hours shopping and preparing her outfit for the celebration. She had spent all morning at the hairdressers getting her hair dyed and fashionably cut. Continue reading August 1st – Christmas in July Celebration (almost)