On this post, some of my holiday decor, gift ideas for guys, and simplifying the holidays!
It’s our weekend roundup with Juliet and Elizabeth.. It’s been a crazy week. I had three posts and that was a lot for me..
How are you doing? Are you finding the time to enjoy some of the things that make the holiday season bright? I am talking about little friend gatherings, maybe making cookies out of your mom’s old Betty Crocker Cooky book like me?
Skip stuff and do less!
Yes you can. We women do too much and we often put the pressure on ourselves when we needn’t. It’s better to have a few holiday coffees out with pals close to you, than say yes to all the gatherings. It feeds the soul to make your family cookie recipes with a cup of tea and holiday music, and perhaps skip the fancy care packages that put you over the edge.
It’s better to write a few Christmas cards to far away relatives and old friends than a list of 200 with a ‘perfect’ family photo. Take a drive to see the holiday lights with a hot cocoa and skip hours at the mall getting everyone the ‘perfect’ gift. Find the things that feed your soul this season and honor the memories that have meaning. Be with your people and do less! I’m telling you, so many of my friends are feeling the pressure now. Why is it we insist on doing the same year after year? These are old traditions and we can change them.
Robin of Gliding through Sixty, who I adore, recently shared on her Instagram what she does now with her adult children. She takes each for a lunch and a beer, and then a day of shopping with her. Those gifts get wrapped up later and they still get surprises in their stockings. I thought that was smart. I think once children are older, we no longer need to break our necks to make all the gifts surprises.
Here I sit on the second week of December with one tree partially done, another still naked. Our fireplace garland holders broke, and I can’t find the ribbon I use for my tree, along with other decor. I did order a card, but only because I had a nice photo of my guys for once. This year I picked the first card I liked and radically edited my list of addresses.
One thing I find maddening about Christmas decorating, is the removal of the regular decor to make room for all the ‘holiday’ bits. Where I put that stuff is often random, and guaranteed I may not find some of it until April! I read somewhere to put those items you remove in the same boxes you store the Christmas decor, that way you’ll know what goes back out. Smart!
I want to order this from Target below to replace my shopping basket .. I need taller to hold the wrap. This is such a good looking basket….
I put away my blue ceramics on the kitchen shelves and added my little houses on my open shelves which have battery tea lights that twinkle. I love them at night. I also added a mini tree..
On my kitchen table I am using a runner I found a few years back at Homegoods. Previously, I had colored bulbs in the wooden bowl, but this year I opted for natural branches mixed in with a few faux ones and pinecones. I also added a plaid throw on a chair. (Similar bowls here.)
This is my color scheme this year, a sort of multi-color tweedy feel. Maybe it was the influence of the the UK travel! I found this ribbon for the tree here at Michaels.
My grandma’s jewel tree picture is out along with some brush trees on the bar. All the sparkly things seem to go well here with the mirrored backdrop.
I’m still working on my wreaths which sustained some damage from the winds. I am changing it up and adding lemons from my yard for a California feel. I will hopefully get to that and my pink tree next week!
I did add pink poinsettias to my front porch baskets..I adore the pink ones and they are hard to find. I grabbed these at my local Ace Hardware.
My big tree has the new tweedy ribbon because I can’t find last year’s gingham. ( Story of my life.) I also added a few more of these modern glass bulbs that sort of have a glow when then tree is lit. I find them here and there. Some were brought at Ladera garden ( more below about them.) My cat Marlo, goes under the tree and meows as she misses the tree skirt, which she spent many years hanging out on. I added a lambskin throw so she now has a place under the tree! (Small basket here.)
I’ve done this regularly and as I have all men in my family, I feel like I have a good grasp of what they like. Each is so different, but these are things that my guys, ( ages 22 and 25), and Max would want! I hope these are helpful! I will add to this as I see more things..Photos are linked with some descriptions.
Our Cookie Exchange
If you missed it, we did a virtual Cookie exchange, the idea of our baking goddess, Elizabeth. Everyone had some delicious and very pretty cookies. You can go to my post for all the links. Mine were Aniseed Almond Snow Drops and they are fast, pretty and yummy. They are sort of a mini pavlova and light and chewy.
I have to give a shout out to two great local spots! This week I was lucky to do a holiday shopping and dinner in Portola Valley. This was organized by my friend Jeanne who does this every year with girlfriends and it is a such nice way to enjoy the season. We start at Ladera Garden and Gifts in Portola Valley. It’s the most lovely garden center with the best home decor, and gifts! I found presents, cute little mini trees for $5- (like the one on my kitchen counter above), and pretty ornaments at a nice price. I love the people they are SO sweet and do gorgeous wrapping on your gifts for free.
Next door is dinner at the wonderful Portola Kitchen, which has to be one of my favorite restaurants. It’s got a terrific menu, excellent food and service and fun cocktails too. The two together are a great lunch/shopping day for the season. Visit them this season if you can. It’s not far from Stanford Shopping Center, which brings me to this….
Next Monday Jeanne and I will be hosting a holiday shopping+ 20% off at Rails!
Come by Stanford Shopping Center THIS Monday, the 11th, my pal Jeanne and I will be there at the pretty Rails Store, located near Bloomingdales, 11:30-2, to help you shop for gifts for your family, the men in your life, or a holiday top or festive outfit for you.. There is a great holiday collection here and all the men’s collection here. If you miss us and are at Stanford, they will honor the 20% all day if you mention the blog! We hope to see some of you there and they will have treats too! Love this store and seeing the clothes, you’ll understand why we love them.
On last week’s weekend post, I shared the second part of our Edinburgh stop, what I packed for our UK trip of 10 days, a charming remodel with alpine flair in Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl, and Christmas jewelry bling.
This week Cindy and I also did Signature Style on Holiday Looks if you need some fresh ideas.
Have a lovely weekend!
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