Why hello! After a solid week of merry-making, we are finally coming up for air, and attempting to get back into an everyday-life sort of routine (wish us luck)!
In case you didn’t know, my husband and I are celebrators. We love any old excuse for a party, a day off, a vacation, getting together with friends… We celebrate seemingly arbitrary things like St. Patty’s Day, movie releases, the first day of fall, you get the picture.~
So as you might imagine, in our world, December is one big month of celebration! We kick things off with my birthday, and don’t stop until after the New Year has been rung in. We clear our calender of everything we can that is not holiday related, and carefully choose the festivities in which to partake. Christmastime can easily become overwhelmingly exhausting, or at best, a blur, so we are mindful of keeping things low key, being willing to say “no” when we need to, and scheduling plenty of at-home nights to reconnect, relax, watch Christmas movies, and drink eggnog. We try to have all of our shopping done before December even begins. Doesn’t always happen, but that’s our goal. To ease the potential financial burden of the month, we stock the freezer with healthful food throughout the fall, and stick to Christmas concerts and events that are free.
This year, our December included so many wonderful things! I wasn’t great about taking photos (too busy having fun!), and even those I did take aren’t much to write home about (because I’m still getting used to my new camera), but nevertheless, here is a pictorial glimpse into our holiday season.
This December We:
Drank some holiday tea at a proper English Tearoom
Celebrated Hanukkah with friends who are Jewish-Christians
Chopped down our Christmas tree
Enjoyed the Grand Christmas Buffet Brunch at the Hotel Roanoke (such a fun tradition!)
Started my family Christmas celebration at White Oak
Made gingerbread men
And laughed some more
Sat still in the glow of twinkle lights and reflected on the true meaning of Christmas
Ate cute ‘lil reindeer
Were full of wonder
Spent Christmas at a gorgeous old hotel
And so, so many other things that I didn’t take photos of: Handel’s Messiah, a wonderful College Choir’s Christmas concert in a beautiful cathedral, a Christmas scavenger hunt at the mall, St. Lucia Festival, secret-santa-ing, holiday dinners and coffee dates with friends…it was a beautiful season that we soaked up every drop of peace and joy we could in. Until next year December…until next year…
I hope your Christmas season was merry and bright!