Thanks everyone for the merry holiday wishes, how were your holidays? My Christmas was great. Everyone got along, ate, drank coffee, read books, visited, watched Christmas movies and vegged. My little niece AV and I painted our nails, played Polly Pockets and watched the Grinch cartoon video for the 20th time. AV reminds me of myself when I was her age. If you want to know what I mean - we are both similar to little Susan in Miracle on 34th Street (Natalie Wood's character) -- same attitude, strong-willed with a questioning nature! (I love her goodbye! voice here, I do the exact same thing when annoyed....which Hubs pointed out with glee when we watched the movie! LOL)
I decided to be bold and wear my green feather fascinator on Christmas Eve, which was one of the two fascinators I bought from Ebay last spring during the Royal Wedding craze. Sis was in a glam mood so she did my hair and makeup:
I did get a few what's-she-wearing? stares while at Christmas Eve Mass (from sloppily dressed people wearing yoga pants and rumpled jeans), but who cares? I channeled Kate and Pippa's stellar confidence and proceeded to go my merry way.
Speaking of my fab Sis, we secretly exchanged gifts (even though my family draws names), we are best friends and superclose, so that's just what we do. Remember the Stella and Dot Devi bangles I wanted in silver?
here they are in gold
Superfab Sis remembered when I hinted in passing months ago and gave them to me for Christmas (she probably bought them back in August). Lucky me!
Hubs and I kept things simple this year and exchanged books for Christmas, he bought me the exact ones I wanted (lucky me again!):
My reading list is quite full, I have a few Jackie books to read, the Kleier's new novel Hot Property (as in the same Kleier gals from Selling New York, love that show), haven't started The Encyclopedia of Exquisite Delights yet but I did read Let's Bring Back.... , which was absolutely hilarious, witty and cleverly written. I bought the same book for my cousin, S, she loved it also (so did her husband!) Let's bring back the bon ton, silver dollars, service, oak alleys and Palmer Method penmanship!
On Christmas Day, Hubs and I played King of Chicago board game with my brother-in-law, R. I was Lilly - my main goal was to pick up gangsters and dump them into the lake.
Hubs and I are friendly yet quite competitive when it comes to board games and sports, however in the end, we banded together to beat R; Hubs just scraped by with enough points to win. I was a distant third. R has already declared a rematch sometime next year.
On a sunny note, check out my Mom's lilies, which blossomed over Christmas after a few years of dormancy. South facing windows are the rage!