Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Merry Happy

I know, I haven't been keeping up with my blog like I said I would, but I was busy with all sorts of festive activities. Here are the highlights from the remaining 12 days before Christmas.

  • Day 6: This was an over-the-top pre-Christmas celebration in the city with the family. It was so ridiculously cold outside that we spent the afternoon curled up in front of the fire drinking wine and watching one of those painfully cheeseball holiday movies (which was secretly delightful). Later, we bundled up and went out for a delicious dinner at Figs, where we drank more wine and shared all of our entrees. We ended our meal with peppermint lattes and headed to the Boston Opera House, to watch the Nutcracker. Not only did we have incredible seats, but I also crossed off #13 on my to-do list.
  • Day 7: One Sunday, I woke up (rather early, thanks to my ambitious neighbor who whips out the snow blower at 7am) to find nearly a foot of snow outside. We made our way downtown for some last-minute Christmas shopping and a brunch filled with tasty goodness (smoked salmon, bacon and egg pizza and crepes stuffed with caramelized bananas and whipped cream..mmm).
  • Day 8: Candy canes, hot chocolate and lots of Christmas music.
  • Day 10: After a long day of traveling through slushy snow and riding the bus, subway, another bus and truck, I finally arrived home. Once again, we curled up by the fire with wine and watched Christmas movies. (This time they were classics though.)
  • Day 11: I think I'm the only one who enjoys decorating the tree, but eventually everyone gathered around to help put on our hodgepodge of homemade ornaments.
  • Day 12: On Christmas Eve, we visited extended family, where we laughed and overindulged in food and drinks.
And the celebration continues...Happy New Year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Glowing

I don't know much, but I do know that one day I will have my own fireplace.

It's taken me a while to fully appreciate the awesomeness of a fire. As a kid, we used our utilitarian woodstove far more often than our fireplace. In the early, chilly morning, I would pad down the hallway and start crumpling up newspaper to help get the day's fire started. (How much easier things would have been if the Duraflame log had been invented a few years earlier.)

But now I've come to love curling up next to a crackling fire with a glass of wine or a good book. It feels like home.

This past week, I've really been struggling with ice-cold windchill, and I really needed a pick-me-up. So this morning, I woke up extra early so I could enjoy my coffee next to the warm glow of the fire...and Christmas music was even playing on the speakers. Absolutely perfect.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Rockin' around the Christmas tree

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Today, I created my first (of probably many) Christmas playlist on Pandora.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tasty treats

I love all things sweet, and I always make sure to save room for dessert. In fact, I've even been known to order dessert before my meal because it is, after all, the most important part. So it's not surprising that rich, sugary treats are among my favorite holiday-inspired things.

Tonight I splurged and got festive with some lemon cranberry bread pudding and dense chocolate mint brownie (that was more like fudgey cake batter). Yum.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Crafty with crayons

I forgot how much fun coloring is...especially when you have a brand new, freshly sharpened pack of Crayola crayons.

Today I started wrapping my gifts in my very own custom-made wrapping paper. It's not fancy; it's not even artistic, but it certainly was fun. And I needed to do something silly after my very un-fun Tuesday.

Monday, December 14, 2009

12 days and counting

Once is starts getting cold, I start getting grumpy (not to mention mopey, sleepy and hungry all the time). But at least now I still have the holidays to keep me distracted from the bone-chilling temperature and lack of sunshine in my life these days.

That's why I've decided to do at least one festive thing every day from now until Christmas. And to help me remember, I'm going to blog about it each day.

Today, I started making Christmas cards. Armed with sheets of card stock, rubber cement, ribbon, stickers and tons of leftover scraps from presents I've opened over the years (for some reason I love to save this stuff), I was more than prepared to make masterpieces for the masses. So far, I've accomplished one beautifully festive card, and I'm feeling better already.