Greetings and salutations on this 2nd day of winter! I tell ya, I’m feeling it. As if right on cue, our weather has taken a turn for the cold, but the sun is shining, and it’s not raining, so I’ll take it!
My weekend has been a series of highs and lows. We went out with friends both of the last two evenings, and that was fun. And yesterday morning, Paul took the girls out Christmas shopping, so I was able to finish up all of my wrapping.
We decided to hold off with our cookie baking until later this week, so I took the opportunity to get a nap yesterday afternoon, making it both a productive and restful day.
But we found out on Friday that a friend (my age) passed away suddenly, so that has put a bit of a damper on things. We’ll be attending his service this afternoon.
Nothing like a dose of reality to remind you what’s really important during this season of frenzy.
Speaking of the holiday frenzy, I am feeling remarkably chill. I’m done shopping and wrapping, and I don’t do much holiday baking… I have C for that!
Also, this is one of the few times my work actually slows down for a few days. I normally thrive on the pace of this industry, but it’s nice to get a reprieve right here at Christmastime.
Our celebration will be a quiet one. It’s just the 5 of us until the 26th, when we have family coming in from out of town to stay with us for a long weekend.
Christmas Eve is also C’s 17th birthday, and we will keep our annual sushi tradition. We usually do takeout when we do sushi, but on her birthday, we like to go to the restaurant. Then we’ll come back home for cake and presents.
Christmas Day will be a quiet celebration here at home, which is how we like it. C is making homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and she has several pies on her agenda as well as a few other goodies. I’m not even sure what all she’s making, but suffice it to say, I don’t have to do any baking.
You know, teenagers often get a bad rap, but I happen to think they’re pretty awesome.
We’re planning to grill steak for Christmas dinner again this year. It’s become a bit of a tradition for us when we spend Christmas here at home. I’m not interested in doing a big turkey dinner for 5, and steak is always a treat.
Then we host our big Shane family Christmas party on the 29th, and that’s always a fun time. I think there will be 21 of us this year. We’re down 5 from last year, so it will seem like a small gathering for us, ha!
What do your holiday plans look like? I love hearing about how other people celebrate.
FYI, if you still have some shopping to do, there are a few retailers still promising Christmas Eve delivery!
Everlane is has free shipping for Christmas Eve delivery for certain zip codes, Nordstrom is offering free shipping for Christmas Eve delivery on select items until noon today, and you can get free overnight delivery at Neiman Marcus if you order by noon CT tomorrow, 12/23. Use code NMQUICK at checkout.
Oh, and I just got an email from J.Crew. Overnight holiday delivery is just $10 when you order by 11:59pm ET tonight, 12/22.
And of course, there’s always Amazon. I actually ordered a last minute gift last night on Amazon, and it is supposed to get here today. I will never cease to be amazed at how they do that.
Okay, I think that’s about it for me.
I hope you have a restful and very blessed Sunday!
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