We had a dinner with family at my parent's farm in Wisconsin. She ordered a Buche de Noel cake which came with candied cranberries on top. It was delicious! Decorations on a side table. I also went to a German Christkindlmarket in Chicago. One shaped like a tear drop hand painted in Austria with a wolf, some rabbits and birds. Another from Germany decorated with pearls.
I saw these shooting star hydrangeas at the store and had to have them. They remind me of New Years, renewal, winter, snowflakes, and of course, shooting stars. I love hydrangeas in general, especially the blue ones all over New England and Cape Cod. The regular white round ones are quite common here in the midwest along with pink ones. I heard it's the acidity in the soil that turns the flowers blue. But I have never seen the shooting star hydrangea in a landscape. They are definitely a welcome addition to the frozen landscape here in the Midwest, USA. I will keep them inside though so they don't freeze to death. Haha.