Christmas In Black And White (Mostly)

Monday, December 29, 2014

We made to the other side of the Holidays! How were yours? Christmas for me was a sort of strange mix of a most wonderful and a most emotionally exhausting time. Nothing like the holidays to bring out the family dysfunction. It has to happen every so often right? We need material for all those holiday movies. Speaking of which I kept thinking of the quote from Christmas Vacation: I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery. The crux of most of it was there was a lot of drama around me having Christmas dinner at my house. Though in the end, somewhere halfway through Christmas day, with my fridge filled with food and my house filled with a weeks worth of tension, we headed out for Chinese food for our Christmas dinner. I think in the end this holiday is one that is going to go down in the books as one I am just glad to have survived. Someday I am sure I'll sit around and laugh about all it all. And to be fair I did my fair share laughing (privately) at the time too. And if anyone in Portland want to have Chinese food for Christmas dinner next year, I have a recommendation now.

But, as I said, there were a lot of wonderful moment as well. Even though it was a bit stressful "getting to have" Christmas at my house, I loved it. It's the first time in my life I didn't go to and fro multiple places in that 48 hour period that is Christmas. My kids were really happy too, and that's where the true joy in Christmas is at for me. They happy. Me happy. There were lots of cozy moments in front of the faux fireplace with warm cocktails, we also played games, baked cookies, made pies, listened to christmas music, ate a lovely christmas eve dinner, and tracked Santa. My sister, my oldest, Fisher, M+L and I stole away for a bit on Christmas eve (fisher's 17th birthday!) after dinner to walk around sipping hot chocolate on Peacock lane, looking at all the Christmas lights, listening to the carolers, and being merry.

These days following Christmas have been nothing short of relaxing. My children, of course, made out like bandits, and I have a giant pile of books that have replaced any worries I had with which book to start with first (i also got an ipad so that's been keeping me nice and grounded to my couch as well).  Now, though, I am ready to start the new year! I have this feeling it's going to be a good one and I am excited to start it off on the right foot.

photos: 1. i headed to my old neck of the woods to visit my grandma on a perfectly foggy 23rd of december | 2-4. impromptu christmas dinner | 5. fisher's b-day cake | 6. christmas lights | 7. grandma's house | 6. peacock lane peacock | 7. fisher got a gas mask for his birthday (?). we all had to try it on. | 8. after christmas morning house playing with my new olio lens | 9.  christmas morning with grumpy cat and the mip robots


  1. Having Chinese food on Christmas? I hereby induct you as an honorary Jew! That's our old standby. Not that I've personally ever partaken (partook?) in the tradition, because as you know, my Jewish side of the family LOVES Christmas and we always celebrate at my aunt's with lasagna. So. But that was a very "Christmas Story" ending for you guys to have! xo

  2. sounds like a good christmas... the chinese food part and the books and the kids at least. I had my fair share of drama and dysfunction [only on the horizon, thank god] too. you're not alone. let's be glad we made it through another one xoxo

  3. Oh my you know, even with Christmas Chinese food, it sounds like a lovely Christmas this year! One year, my dad and I were in Italy for Christmas and we didn't have a kitchen in the little hotel we were in so we had to go out for dinner on Christmas Day. The only places open were McDonalds and a Chinese food restaurant and my dad swore we wouldn't eat mcdonalds for Christmas. It was totally memorable. Xo

  4. As you know, my Christmas was less than stellar but we made it! :) Chinese food for Christmas dinner sounds like a fab idea! Your photos are beautiful (I also love your description of Christmas Eve, I could picture it in my mind's eye perfectly). Your bubs are growing up so fast - it feels like just yesterday they were teeny tiny!

  5. It looks like everyone had a brilliant Christmas! Mine was exhausting, to say the least, I feel like I barely made it out alive :)


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