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christmas 2014

This year we stayed in Texas and had a happy, quite little Christmas in our new home.

Somehow we got up earlier than usual despite our best efforts to sleep in. First things first, Cors (helped by Joel) opened his present. He was so delighted with the rawhide he found inside the crinkly paper that he camped out and tried to help Joel open his presents. I think he was pretty disappointed that Joel didn’t get any bones!

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a cozy christmas

Around the Tree

This past week we had some chilly, rainy days. Perfect excuses for sitting around the tree, working, and listening to choral music, right? I thing so. I hope your days are Merry and Bright between now and Christmas Day!

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under the Christmas tree

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midwinter things

O, Christmas Tree

On Saturday, we had our annual Christmas adventure of tying a tree to our little Fiat and then driving it though downtown to get it home. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking on the way back. It did arrive safely and is filling our living room with its lovely scent.

Gift Guide No. 1

I thought it would be fun to kick off December with a week of gift guides. We starting with the often difficult to buy for gentlemen.

Himself

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Feeling Christmasy

Growing up we always put up our Christmas decorations the moment the Thanksgiving leftover were wrapped up and stored away for leftovers. And so I am feeling quite Christmasy this evening.

feeling christmasy

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around here lately

These last few weeks have been very busy. There have been final school projects to finish and so many Bravery projects (which we love, but boy do they keep us busy!), fun things like Christmas movies to watch with friends at our beautiful, hundred year old Paramount Theater downtown, presents to wrap and ship and nervously away that most important “delivered” status.

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Yes, it has been busy and I am looking forward to peace and calm and Christmas morning. It seems appropriate that the busyness would stop so suddenly right before the moment that Advent is meant to prepare us for. This time of year always makes me think of midnight mass on Christmas Eve. As a girl, I remember looking up at the stained-glass windows of St. Francis and the animals and feeling a wonderful sensation of knowing what is coming and knowing it isn’t here yet. A holy night.

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gift guide: what to ask for

I used to never know how to answer when friends and family members would ask me what I want for Christmas. I don’t think I’ve really had a good answer for that question since I was about 12 and really wanted an Appaloosa pony. It felt self-important or something to have a ready answer to give, but I’ve finally decided that as long as someone wants to ask I’d like to have an answer for them.

The self-imposed rule that I’ve come up with is “Ask for things that you will treasure for years.” Books are always a good gift and I’ve been slowly building up a collection of throughly inspiring books about design, fashion, photography, and architecture.  More are always welcome.

Next up, homey things that can be used everyday, but are made with quality to last for years make for nice reminders of the giver. I always think of the family friend who gave us our Pyrex set at our wedding every time I use it.

Lastly, if I ask for something that’s wearable I’m going to try to avoid faddish/trendy things and opt for classics that I can use for many seasons.

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Sources: Book, Pie Set, Coat, Sheet Set, Chunky Knit Throw & Gold Hoop Earrings.

So, how do you approach the ol’ “What do you want for Christmas?” question? Am I over thinking it?

gift guide: books

I am convinced that books are some of the best gifts you can give.  Whether it’s an engrossing story or interesting facts, books will out last the holiday and might even give you an excused to make time for coffee and a chat about your favorite characters.

I make it a rule to only give books I’ve read myself. The book I’ve given away most is I Capture the Castle. When I meet a kindred spirit who hasn’t read it yet it takes a lot of self control for me not to rush home grab the extra copy off my shelf and push the book into their hands. I love when someone else shares a book with me with as much excitement. These are five books I’ve read and throughly recommend:

gift guide books

1) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for the Austen and Brontë fans.

2) Sense and Sensibility for the friend who needs an introduction to Jane Austen.

3) More Baths Less Talking for the person who is interested in everything.

4) Secret Adversary for the mystery lover.

5) Till We Have Faces for the philosophical.

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