Once Thanksgiving was over I completely gave in to my domestic desires and went all-out Christmas decorating mode. It gets a little crazier every time. I have this box of ornaments in storage that keeps growing. I finally took it out last week and it was a really cool moment. A lot of the ornaments I have were made by my mother when she was my age. She is such a creative inspiration. And many of the other ornaments are ones we had on our tree growing up which makes it even more special. I am starting to understand my mom's ornament addiction more and more as I get older (she probably has around 200 no joke). So the tree is up, the village of terrarium globes I made last year, lights, candles, the works. Tasteful, but not totally modest. Once the burst of cold came through last week, I was aching for a good cup of hot chocolate and a viewing of Love Actually (this, btw, cracks me up). What can I say, I'm a total sucker for all the cheeseball holiday stuff I can get my hands on.
Last weekend Aly and I spent a few hours at the Horseshoe Holiday Market. I had pretty much been locked in my house most of the week since the weather hadn't risen above the teens so it was good to be out and about. So, so cold though. The market was downtown this time, which was nice because I never really venture over there and it was fun to see all the lights and buildings decorated. The market was of course inside, thank goodness, and was lovely as usual. I came home with a few Christmas gifts and a little something for myself. Success.
Sunday we baked cookies. I love, love, love baking sugar cookies. Growing up, I always looked forward to making and decorating them with my mom. She goes all out for even the smaller holidays like Easter and Valentine's Day so it's no surprise that it rubbed off on me a bit. Thanks mom. So, this year the ladies baked cookies while the boys watched the Broncos game. I hate to say that I'm totally fine with that but I am. We also chatted, drank spiked hot chocolate and listened to guilty pleasure Christmas music like Mariah Carey. Damn I love the holidays.