it's always a bizarre sort of feeling when christmas has come and gone. I know I try to stretch it out a bit, leaving my tree lit until new year's eve and keeping my holiday cards on display. it's just that january comes in hard with level setting... like it's no longer okay to eat 5 cookies in one day and I must get back to working out. boo.
we had a lovely christmas eve and christmas day in georgia. I love to set the table and kept it a bit simple this year, with just two floral arrangements and candles. my mom bought these glittery chargers before thanksgiving and I think they go with everything!
we spent the past week in key west and came home just before christmas. swinging by kroger on christmas eve morning for flowers is not ideal. they were out of stock of all white blooms, except daisies. on a shelf above, they had hydrangea plants (potted) - mostly pinks and purples, with one measly white one left. I'll take it!
to the florist's surprise, I asked her to cut the blooms off for me since we were transporting a million presents (in suitcases) on the way to my parents, I didn't really have room for a potted plant on the side. she was a bit saddened by the fact that I didn't want the whole plant and explained that someone who works at our local botanical garden came in and bought up all the white blooms for her christmas table. so I made do with a few snipped blooms, these awesome red berries, and cool brownish/purplish branches. I love these red berries!
we ate our favorite holiday foods prepared by my mom, including twice baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, brown sugar carrots - and we tried some new recipes this year including spicy shrimp cocktail, mexican street corn, and mini wedge salads with maytag bleu cheese from stephen's dad. they were all a hit, I'm definitely going to make the street corn again at some point.
I hope you all had a beautiful christmas with your family and friends, doing whatever it is that warms your heart this season. I'm taking a few deeps breaths before thinking about 2016, it's going to be a busy, busy year. cheers!