Tag Archives: Christmas

To Do

Today I’m going to put the finishing touches on my Christmas decorations.

Wrap presents with The Monster.

Indulge in a little pre-Christmas Eve adult beverage consumption.

And overall be merry that I don’t have to work until next Tuesday. Happy holidays!

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We’re on our way to Lake Arrowhead for a long weekend. My in-laws rented a cabin and most of the siblings and spouses are flying in for an early Christmas celebration. There will be champagne and heating blankets aplenty. Happy weekend pets! Come back to me next Wednesday.

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You’ve Got Mail

The holiday cards are starting to roll in and once again I’m feeling slightly un-American for not sending our own. Isn’t it a rule or something that when you get married or give birth, you automatically take family portraits and mail them to your 100 closest friends and coworkers?

What do you think? Are you a holiday card type of family?


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Ms. Claus

It finally happened. I caught the Christmas bug, which was spurred on by the two dozen Sprinkles cupcakes a vendor sent me at work last week. Then I made a long list of material stuff I expect hope the Husband will get me. Oh and we also put up our tree, cuddled with some ewoks, had dinner with friends (complete with the strongest mint juleps alive) and listened to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” on repeat. You can call me Ms. Claus.


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Wreath Head

I tried to frame my dog’s head with a holiday wreath. He was not amused. Merry Christmas Eve from Hotlanta!

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Dinner: Okra and Other Bullshit Vegetables

It was cold and rainy all weekend and despite my sore throat and achy limbs I managed to roll myself off the couch long enough to cook dinner for my husband because I’m a good wife and because he gave me my Christmas present early.

Okra is one of my favorite vegetables. I cooked it with onions, diced tomatoes and peppers and served with a side of brown rice. It was the perfect warm meal to fill the Husband’s tummy on a cold night.

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The next 10 days of my life will go something like this:

Friday – holiday party
Saturday -white elephant party
Sunday – house warming party
Monday – birthday party
Tuesday – pack for trip to Atlanta
Wednesday – fly to Atlanta
Thursday – bachelorette party
Friday –  rehearsal dinner
Saturday – Christmas dinner
Sunday – wedding
Monday – fly home

Please excuse me while I go into a coma. Needless to say, I will not be posting on a regular basis next week, but I will have a surprise guest blogger to fill my shoes.

Also, I’m going to miss my Monster’s first Christmas. Delta Air doesn’t think the other passengers would appreciate a Great Dane in the cabin. Who could deny this face?

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Hostess Gifts: Under $50

If you were to come to my house for a holiday party, I would gratefully accept any of these items. I would also accept red wine, extra dry champagne or Grey Goose.

1. Anthropologie Winter Iris Apron;  2. UO Scroll Footed Vanity Tray; 3. Ikat Rose Tea Towels; 4. A. OK Freesia Candle; 5. Vintage Cocktails book; 6. Claw Bottle Opener; 7. Etco Black Gold Paper Vessel; 8. Mikasa Chevron Mugs

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Vintage Christmas

We’ll be in Atlanta for the holidays this year — where my sister-in-law is getting married — so there won’t be much effort in decorating for Christmas at our house. We’ll probably pull out our old holiday decorations and keep it simple. But if we were to be spending time at home, I’d definitely go with a non-traditional, romantic, vintage vibe. 

A full tree with a few strategically placed ornaments

Presents wrapped in newspaper.

Paper flower garland on my new black wall.
Pretty stockings hung from the fireplace.

Sweet handmade wreath on the door 
Vintage twinkle lights strung throughout

 Images: Marie Claire; Toast; Red Door Home ruffle top stocking; Jane Joss fabric wreath; Apartment Therapy twinkle lights;

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