Our Christmas Chalet

As I write this blog post I am sitting at my parent’s farm. We spent the night last night to “help” my mom cut out sugar cookies. Any excuse to spend the night, really! Us helping usually means more work for my parents but they welcome us anyway :)

Our childhood family friends are coming over today to decorate sugar cookies. We met them in 1990 when we moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland from Monterey, California. When we were little my Mom would make incredible Christmas cookie boxes for our family’s friends. She saved the little wooden crates from the clementines we would enjoy at this time of year. She would line them with red and green tissue paper and bake an assortment of all of our family’s recipes.

She would have all of the neighborhood kids sit around the dining room table. Like an assembly line she would frost the cookies and have us sprinkle them. There were cookie sheets full of sparkling cookies. “Not too many sprinkles!” she would always say.

Today our childhood friends have little ones of their own. Our little girls will carry on our tradition. I imagine it will be pretty wonderful.

Another tradition we have is decking the halls. We love to decorate! Since I am sure not all of you reading this will be able to pay us a visit this holiday season- I invite you all inside through this little blog post. Enjoy!

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Our Christmas tree evolves every year. I love how it gets more full with new ornaments we collect from family or from our travels. I am on the lookout for some glass garlands for next year’s tree. I love beautiful wrapping paper. Around Halloween I am scouring Homegoods boxes of holiday wrapping paper to make sure I get first pick. I always am attracted to vintage prints. I love nostalgia. Martha Stewart had a line this year at Homegoods of wrapping paper and boxes. The peach colored one with the Santas is hers. I love it!

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The first time I saw one of these ceramic Christmas trees was at an estate sale with my sister-in-law, Mandy. The woman who lived in the home had two of these, but in green. I always regretted not buying one and would bring it up every Christmas. Last year my parents surprised me with this one and I could not love it more. The little glittery church and Santa sleigh are treasures from Merrifield Garden Center. We go every year to see their Christmas displays and very rarely leave empty handed. Keep reading to see what I found this year!

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This is the little cabinet above our stove. I decorate it every season. The little carousel was a gift from Aaron’s parents. It reminds me of the Saint Augustine, Florida carousel. We shared lots of wonderful memories there. The ice skating tin was a holiday edition panettone. I found it last year and knew I could incorporate it into my holiday decor every year.

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Our bathroom received a little bit of holiday magic this year, too. This shower curtain features a few of my favorite holiday things: little red trucks, Christmas trees, reindeer, stationary and barns. It is the perfect accessory for our tub. The other night I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, filled a bubble bath, lit a Christmas candle and watched the Nick & Jessica Christmas Special on YouTube from years ago. It was fabulous and I enjoyed every guilt free moment!

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The little bottle brush ornament wreath is my treasure from this year’s trip to Merrifield Garden Center and I got two of them. One for each of our mirrors that frame the kitchen door. They were exactly what I was hoping to find! How lucky!

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This milk and cookies sign sits by our bar cabinet. We do serve them nightly, as well as cocktails, so if you are ever in the area please stop by :)

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season with their family and friends. For those who may not be by loved ones or who are feeling lonely at this time of the year, please send me a message so that I can send you comfort. I wish lots of Christmas magic and wonder to everyone.