Merry, Merry from our house to yours! We are feeling the holiday spirit around our house this season. Are you feeling it too? I was so happy we remembered to take a family photo on Thanksgiving Day. Here we are: Annika, me, Scott, Briana, Lauren (and furry Jack, age 14). I joined the family in 2000 and this is the best photo we've ever taken. You may just see it over and over again! When Scott and I married his girls were 13, 15 and 16. It is a true joy to see the beautiful young women they've grown into. As a stepfamily, each year is more of a celebration, and it feels like a true blessing.
I'm so glad you are here today! I wish I could welcome you inside in person. The tree is up, the packages are wrapped and our hosting duties are in full swing. Scott's light show is complete (or so he says!).
Like many couples, Scott and I have different styles of holiday decorating. We've found that blending both styles is an important way to honor our individual preferences, as well as family traditions. We rotate who gets the 'theme' of the tree each year. This year it is my turn :).
I prefer more natural tones, mixed with sparkle and shimmer (you know me and the mixed metals). I love white lights and they remind me of the sparkling lights on the snow, from the days when my family owned a cottage at Lake Tahoe. I love a bit of faux fur, glitter and sentimental ornaments. My 'elves' hat is animal print and I love it. A fragrant tree, candlelight, cozy throws, Christmas music (more 'Baby It's Cold Outside' than Chipmunks), mistletoe, spicy cider, holiday movies, Scott's misty-eyed reading of 'Polar Express', and family gathered close make my holidays come alive.
Scott, on the other hand, has never met a Santa he didn't love! His snow globe collection has now grown from a table in the dining room to completely covering the piano in the den. I've actually renamed the den 'Santa's Room' for the holidays. We even added a 'toy' tree for the colorful, traditional ornaments. His love of Christmas is a thing to behold. His solution for my love of white lights on the tree, and his love of colored lights, is to put them on two different plugs. We can alter the mood in a flash! In the end, who can quibble with a devotee of this adventurous golden Santa?
The first year I found him strapped into the back seat of my car on the way to work. The next year he flew out to greet me when I opened the automatic garage door. This year, he was up early to offer me a cup of coffee with a holiday towel. #instagold
Did I mention Scott's light show? I'm always amazed the first time I drive home and see the whole display lit up!! It's very merry (and I have absolutely nothing to do with it!).
We will be celebrating our Christmas with a couple of branches of our family tree, doing a bit of traveling, and celebrating a festive New Year's Eve in one of my favorite places. Wishing you safe travels and cozy family times at home with those you love.
As always, thank you for spending a few minutes of your holiday time visiting with me today.
What are your plans for the season?
A little stylish sparkle from my here?