Where to start? Maybe you were beginning to think my last post should have been entitled A Fond Farewell to Blogging? No way. Not happening! Sometimes it's hard to carve out the time and then the longer you are away, the harder it is to know how to get back to it. Since last we visited, there have been celebrations, time with friends, crafting, decorating, tree farm visiting, holiday project building, baking, shopping, present wrapping (and stacking) and house refinancing (15 year mortgage, hooray! But also ouch! But eventually worth it!).
I feel like today is the first day of the Christmas season for me. I started decorating the day after Thanksgiving but there has been so much going on that today feels like the first day I can take a deep breath and exhale. All is good in our world, but there has been some of that chaos that creeps in. From now until January 5th, the only things on my calendar are to go to my favorite Italian restaurant with some beloved friends and go see Elf the Musical on my birthday.
My Sweet Man (is it just me or are they at their sexiest when they are holding a baby or doing a project for you?) is on vacation for 3 weeks after this Friday and I am envisioning long days of reading, baking, Christmas movie watching and crafting. I feel like I have gotten my crafting mojo back in spades after quite a long departure. I have so many ideas and projects floating around in my head that I feel most manic in my wish to create.
I'm planning to be back soon with a little glimpse into what Christmas is looking like in our house this year and I hope to find some time to come visit you and see what the holidays are looking like at your house. Until then, I wanted to give you a little thank you gift for always being so sweet. I'm known amongst my friends for putting together a mean playlist and I especially love to make them at Christmas time and share them. Since I obviously can't make one for all of you, I thought I'd share this year's playlist with you here!
Jen's Hello Christmas Playlist
-Baby it's Cold Outside by Willie Nelson and Norah Jones
-Winter Wonderland by Leftover Cuties
-Hark the Herald Angles Sing by David Ian featuring Acacia
-Silver Bells by Harry Connick, Jr.
-Let it Snow! by Ella Fitzgerald
-It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble
-I'll be home for Christmas by Stephanie Davis
-It Really is (a wonderful life) by Mindy Smith
-Please Come Home for Christmas by Harry Connick, Jr.
-That Old Christmas Moon by Leon Redbone
-It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Norah Jones
-Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Jack Johnson
-Jingle Bells by Harry Connick, Jr.
-Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Michael Buble
-No Christmas for me by Zee Avi
-Holly Jolly Christmas by Michael Buble
-Santa Baby by Emilie Claire-Barlow
-Blue Christmas by Harry Connick, Jr.
-The Christmas Song by Stacey Kent
-White Christmas by Michael Buble and Shania Twain
-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by David Ian featuring Acacia
-What are You Doing New Year's Eve by Ella Fitzgerald
Now I'm off to grab a quick lunch and head to the studio and listen to this while I work on a fun new project. Happy day to you all!