Let The Holidays Begin!
If I wasn’t in the ‘holiday mood’ a week ago, I sure am now!
I think it was Stu’s aunt Cindy’s winter wonderland that really put me over the edge. Before we visited her, I was only feeling stressed about travel, buying presents, packing, birthday planning, and finding a boarding/pet sitting situation for Dewey (any takers?).
OR maybe it is our neighborhood that really got the wheels turning—it’s like a freaking Thomas Kinkade canvas around here! Historical homes, twinkle lights on every tree, main street bustling with shoppers…absolutely magical.
So now, one week later, I have a decorated tree, garland shimmering on my banister, and christmas baking under way. We literally walked across the street, bought our tree, and carried it home. Can’t get more convenient then that!
After seeing some amazingly decorated trees at a little shop in Eastern Nebraska (what? That’s right folks, the Mid West has style too.), I decided to change up my tree top this year. I picked up some fun feathers and berry-like items at Hobby Lobby last week, just knowing they would be perfect. While it’s definitly different, I think it’s down-right fun and I love it.
It also helped that this weekend was a very festive time for Old Town Alexandria! For this Saturday was the famous and beloved Scottish Walk. Two blocks from our house, we set up camp with friends to watch everything from teams of bagpipers to packs of Scottish dogs—we were inundated with all things Scotland during this very entertaining parade.
Who knew babies liked parades so much? Ethan was engrossed. Since he loves both music and dogs, I should have guessed it would be a hit.
How many Scottish dogs can you name? We saw Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Border Terriers, Golden Retrievers (no clue these were Scottish!), Paisley Terriers, Bearded Collies, Dandie Terriers, Skye Terriers, and Scottish Deerhounds. Most of the groups in the parade were rescues for the particular breed. So sweet!
The parade was part of the fundraisers for the Campagna Center—a fabulous non-profit organization that helps children and families in our community. In addition to the parade, there was a house tour (which we did not make due to nap time) and a nighttime boat ‘parade’ on the Potomac River featuring twinkle-light decorated boats (cute but very cold).
Tomorrow I’m making mom’s ‘famous’ toffee, oreo truffles, and hopefully some cookies. And I need to decorate our front stoop too. We will see.
Holiday shopping is almost done!! Christmas cards will be mailed early next week, and Ethan’s birthday party plans are coming together. Whew!
Hope you are all in the holiday spirit too! If you aren’t, light a scented candle, buy a few poinsettias (only $3.99 at Target!), and pop in Christmas Vacation. Nothing like a little Chevy-Chase-battling-a-squirrel-infested-Christmas-tree action to get you in a festive mood!