There are eleven days until Christmas and I don’t even know how that happened.
Luckily, most of our Christmas shopping is done. We skipped the crazy malls for the most part and picked up things online. There was a time when leisurely window shopping with a peppermint mocha in hand was a staple of celebrating the season, but now it just seems to be rush and push and frenzy at the local stores. Give me a couch, a blanket, and a laptop any day!
We’ve also cut back on the crazy holiday entertaining. I did big holiday parties a couple of times, complete with elaborate menus and handmade placecards, but we’ve gone low key this year and I love it. I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest, rather than hostess, for most of these events and it’s been heaven to show up and enjoy warm conversation and company with friends. I did host our annual high school get-together just a couple of days ago, but we did breakfast for dinner in lieu of a fancy meal and skipped buying each other gifts in favor of doing a big clothing exchange. Now I’ve got a large bundle of clothes to take to the local thrift store to warm others.
We even went low key with the holiday photo. We talked about doing a professional shoot as a family or putting together an elaborate, vintage-themed snapshot, but we decided to let Eva steal the show this year. So, I cleared off our dining room table, put Eva on top of it, plugged in a string of white lights, and we did a little photo session. The photos are overexposed so that the light coming in from the window behind her floods the whole shot.
Our 2011 holiday card (from Petite Lemon – Shutterfly):