This is by far my favorite time of year.    The Christmas music, especially the oldies with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, always take me back to my childhood as those songs played on our record player in the living room throughout the season.  I love the smell of the Christmas trees – and although years ago we succumbed to an artificial tree, I try and light candles all over my home with that balsam fir scent which make me feel like we have a real tree somewhere near by.  Kate and I are busy this month putting together some of the most beautiful gift boxes for clients to show their gratitude.  We are working hard to stay organized and well stocked so that we can cruise smoothly through the season.

What I am Reading

 

This month I’m reading “Necessary Lies: A Novel” by Diane Chamberlain.  It is a sweet read about a young teenage girl in the 1960’s; after both of her parents die she struggles to care for her aging grandmother, her young nephew, her sister with mental illness and her own affliction with epilepsy all while living as tenants on a tobacco farm.  A young social worker begins to work with her family and uncovers disturbing secrets on the farm.  Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.

 

What I’m Loving

Last month I took a fun trip to New York City with two of my girlfriends.  We stayed in the most luxurious hotel in the heart of the city.  The hotel was stocked with everything from shampoo and body wash to lip balm and hand cream all made by Molton Brown out of London England.  I had never heard of them before and I fell in love.   The scents were unlike anything I had ever smelled such as pink pepperpod and orange and bergamot.  So yummy.  I’ll tell you, we shoved as much of their small little hotel samples into our bag upon check out as we could.  As soon as I came home I went online and placed a large order for gifts for the holiday.

Also, a favorite treat for myself this time of year is this incredibly fragrant candle by Thymes.  They are pricey, but their scent is clean and authentic and fills my house with that beautiful pine tree smell.

What I am Excited About

I am really looking forward to my boys coming home for the holidays.   I love when my birds are all back in the nest.  With both of my boys away at college the house has become very quiet.  I remember back in the summer the thought of our house downsizing again made me a bit weepy…but as time went by we ALL have gotten a little used to the “simpleness”  to the household.  In fact, after the Thanksgiving holiday we drove the boys to the airport as a family and when they got out of the car and we all hugged and said our goodbyes, wiping away a little tear from my eye my daughter exclaims from the back seat, “whew – now I get the whole back seat to myself!!” Ha!

Where has the time gone??????  I love these people with all of my being!

Who is Impressing Me

For the past few years I have purchased the Christmas wreath for my front door from a woman in my community that advertises on Facebook her handmade Christmas wreaths.  And again this year, Lea Hill Magill’s incredible talent has not disappointed me.  I love how unique her wreaths are, full of local foliage and berries.  So NOT your typical Safeway wreath.

What I am Grateful For

Today I am grateful for family – near and far.  This past month my cousins sweet little baby encountered a frightening heart condition.  Their world stopped immediately and everything changed.  Through Facebook and texts our family across the country has been pouring love and support in their direction.  There have been encouraging words, candles lit during procedures and prayers constantly.  From afar, I’ve watched how my family has come together – wrapped their love around my cousin, her husband and her little one and I know that my grandmother, from up above, would be so incredibly proud.  Family is like an invisible set of enormous arms, just there to hold one another up in times of need.

Cheers to a wonderful December!

Krista