It’s Christmas Eve! The big holiday is finally upon us.
I still have food to prepare, lots of gifts to wrap and I’m hoping some packages show up on the front porch sometime today. How about you? Are you ready for the big day?
Our weekend was spent rather festively. We wrapped gifts, attended a wonderful holiday party in Napa, shopped, cooked, ate and played lots of holiday music.
Last night, Tori and her friend made an enormous batch of sugar cookies. They’ve yet to be decorated as the girls lost steam after all that baking. I think I may try my hand at dressing them up today.
For dinner, we decided to eat in the living room by the tree again. It’s so peaceful and cozy in there. I dragged out the fondue pot – have to use that thing at least once a year to rationalize keeping it – and Bill made up a batch of Gruyere and Emmantaler cheesiness.
Yesterday, it was raining almost non-stop but that wasn’t going to keep us from driving 45 minutes to Healdsburg to our favorite bakery to have croissants for breakfast. We decided to take Daisy and Coco along for the ride.
After we ate our buttery, flaky treats, Bill tried to start up the truck and head home. But Tori and I had other ideas. We couldn’t leave the darling town of Healdsburg without doing a little shopping!
We bought a pink Eiffel Tower ornament for our tree at Bella. I would’ve have purchased a beautiful white and pink tree ornament, too, if it hadn’t been $42! At that price, I decided to take a photo of it instead.
We wandered into The Mercantile Shop, a hip and somewhat new boutique just off the square where I finally found my ideal leopard scarf after many years of searching…it’s another early Christmas gift from Bill.
While it’s fun and exciting to buy things, the best parts about the holidays are spending time together, making new memories and appreciating one another.
Tonight, we are attending a fun neighborhood party, like we do every year. Bill and I celebrate Christmas Eve for another reason. It marks the beginning of our relationship, which began 14 years ago today at a mutual friend’s home over a holiday dinner.
In the morning, we will open gifts, make a big breakfast then get together with Bill’s side of the family for dinner.
What are your plans for the next couple of days?
My family and I want to wish you all a joyous holiday!
Thank you, readers, fellow bloggers and friends,
for bringing such happiness to my life.
You truly do make my life rich!