I’m back from my little Holiday blogging break! What a Christmas it was! This year, I was more in the moment than I’ve ever been – and focused on having a great holiday without the pressure. In the past, I’ve worried about making things perfect – but this year, I just enjoyed the moment and stuck with traditions that were fulfilling and affirming. It was so relaxing, and it felt like a special kind of magic.
Christmas morning: Ginger (8) received lots of baking gifts (which she loved). As you can see in the background, Ellie (2) wanted all of Violet’s presents for herself. Violet was a good sport and has the patience of a saint. 🙂
Violet opening a present. I love her joy and gratitude:
Paprika (11) got the gift she really wanted – a new violin case!
We did a lot of laid back, easy things over the break. Evan had about a week off from editing The Bachelor, so that was the best gift of all. We took daily walks around our neighborhood all together as a family. It was great taking our family walks just before sunset because by the time we got home, usually all the lights in our neighborhood would be on!
On a family walk:
We went on a special trip to Candy Cane Lane (the real name of the street!) It’s a neighborhood very close to us that has an amazing lights display every year. The houses really go all out with festive lights and decorations. The police close off the street to traffic during the month of December, so you can walk through safely.
Me and the girls:
All of us at Candy Cane Lane:
We did our traditional trek to the Los Angeles Ballet Performance of The Nutcracker. I always buy tickets in August, so I can get front row center. This year was no exception! Our seats took up most of the front row – but half were empty because half of us came down with the flu on the day of the show! That is a doozy of a story for another day. Ha! Anyhoo – I ended up taking Paprika (11) and Violet (6) to the show by themselves, and it was magical, as always.
Reading A Little House on the Prairie Christmas on Christmas Eve:
We made cookies for Santa, of course!
The magical Christmas tree at The Grove – we saw this the night we went to the season finale of Dancing With The Stars.
Now it’s 2018 – can you believe it?! I have more good things to share, and happy hopes for the new year. I hope your year is off to a great start! 🙂