Merry Christmas Eve!  Happy Festivus!  Happy Hanukkah!

Things I love about the holidays:

1.  Vacation mentality.
2.  An abundance of things to do.
3.  Despite the abundance of things to do, staying home is also really great.
4.  I love *not listening to holiday music.  🙂
5.  Family time.
6.  The excitement of a new year with new beginnings.
7.  Giving.
8.  Making my great grandmother’s tea cake recipe with my mom, grandmother and sisters.
9.  Receiving. (ha!)
10.  Colder weather, finallllly.

Last night I was invited to a small intimate dinner with friends over at David & Vero’s house.  They made a wonderful pine nut and arugula salad along with a 13 bean homemade chili and cornbread.  The company was great and the food was even better.  Red wine was poured and good conversation was had.  This has definitely been the year of “the friend” for me.  There’s a lot to be thankful for.

Today I’m basically doing every bit of my shopping, so I need to wrap this up pretty quick before things start to close.  🙂  Nothing like waiting to the literal last-minute.  Tonight my mom is making pumpkin and goat cheese lasagna for our family dinner… doesn’t that sound delicious?  I’m pretty excited about it.  There is always something a little magical about Christmas Eve that I really love. Maybe it’s just the fact that some of my favorite people in the whole world are under one roof.  As non traditional as I am about some things, don’t mess with my holidays.

Over the past few weeks I’ve heard from many people that they miss my daily entries.  So, I am considering going back to that format for 2012… at least Monday through Friday.  That way I still get a few days off to recharge, but there is some sort of pattern again.  I am thinking it over and will announce my decision next week during my 2012 goal posts.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

Homemade Christmas Eve Eve dinner with friends.

Super in love with Band of Horses. If they come to Bonnaroo, my 2012 is made.

My mom and sister Christy with Anna Banana and Lily Bean