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Weekend Review

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It’s Christmas Eve, friends! We’re typically pretty low-key when it comes to the holidays, but, I gotta say. Having a little one in the mix makes things so very exciting this time of year. The cookie-baking, the present-wrapping, the gift-selecting, the holiday-decorating, the tree-hunting, the hot-ch0colate-making, the “did it snow overnight?”-guessing, the eggnog-drinking, the holiday book-reading-all of it is just riddled with fun and joy in a way neither Glenn nor I have experienced in years. Clearly, you don’t need kiddos to enjoy the holiday season, but, for us, we’re having a blast thanks to one Huxley Wild!

We started discussing what our Christmas Eve traditions will be, now that we’re parents. We’re thinking of something like this: looking at Christmas lights once the sun goes down (maybe…the jury is still out on this one), having a special meal (I can’t get the idea of Chinese food out of my head…), and letting Huxley open his stocking (the only one currently hanging on the mantle-note to self, I really must learn how to knit…).

Glenn is humming carols, Huxley is in the kitchen reading books about snow in his play nook, and I’m sipping hot coffee, enjoying the grey from the rain outside, and feeling so very grateful for all I have.

Here’s wishing you health, happiness, and much, much love this holiday season!!!

*Oh! I almost forgot! I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today, the last for 2012. It’s a recipe for making your own sleep salve. And trust me, you want to make it. Sweet dreams, and happy holidays! 

7 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Gini says:

    Merry Christmas, Englishes! Wishing you hot toddies and cozy socks, joyful hearts, and a sweet toddler’s laugh tonight and tomorrow!

    And well, every day, but you get my drift. :D

  • Yvonne says:

    I’m a quiet reader of your blog for nearly 1 1/2 year now and always enjoy my “visit”. Merry christmas from Austria and all the best wishes to you and your loved ones,
    Yvonne

  • Rebecca Hill says:

    My family always had fish quiche on Christmas Eve, however my family did eat Chinese food on Christmas day. We’d have potstickers, steamed buns, and then Szechuan Chicken with Walnuts. This Christmas, as our first Christmas as newlyweds, we had pizza Christmas Eve, and then potstickers and waffles (his family’s tradition) for breakfast.

  • kimpeck says:

    happy happy, merry merry! i agree, little ones around make the holidays fabulous :)
    btw, i made the peppermint patties for the holiday – they were a HIT!!! so so yummy!

  • Alicia says:

    I love the pictures of your home. The decorations are beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

  • k a t says:

    I hope you learn to knit in the New Year. I think it would suit you, it’s a great way to be productive in small moments and easy to pick up and put down. I’m sure you’ve seen ravelry.com, there are some amazing patterns for little ones there. Best of luck!

  • Joeby says:

    Do you recommend a book about essential oils? I am new to it, and want to do some studying for the new year.
    Thanks! Love your blog and books!