Happy New Year, everybody! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. This holiday season for me was all about keeping it low key - keeping things simple, not too much running around and sticking with family.
I was able to send out some last minute Christmas cards, thanks to Treat and their ability to pick a card and send it out directly from their printing center.
It also really helps that you can customize the cards to the recipient, or send out a whole slew of general ones depending on the holiday or time of year. I have to think about a Valentine's Day card for The Aussie, and soon - Valentine's Day comes 2 days after our 15 (!!!) year dating anniversary, so it's a special one.
There were so many to choose from, so I decided to use three different cards:
|I loved this one because the bike and tree just screamed to me, "Christmas in NYC" (or rather, Brooklyn!). I sent this out to Ashley, and a coworker who is on my Christmas card list.|
My dad's birthday really kick-starts the holiday season in my family every year because his birthday is so close to the holidays - December 22. My sister and I call him the Jolly Greek Giant - he is 6'3" and well, as the picture below indicates, always jolly and smiling:
Christmas Day was filled with good food, a lot of laughter and the best thing to have entered our family: card games. I received Cards Against Humanity for Christmas, and gave my godbrother a set of Apples to Apples, which is a family-friendly version of CAH. My godsiblings aren't quite ready to play CAH yet!
|Adults play Cards Against Humanity...|
|...and then its Apples to Apples with the small fry.|
Adele seemed a little overwhelmed by the whole proceedings, so she tried to hide in the stairwell at my parent's house.
One of the great things about Astoria is the plethora of Greek and Italian bakeries. I am talking about old-school mom and pop bakeries that have been around for decades and passed down in the family, with a little bit of a reboot to keep up with the changes (for good and bad) that have occurred in Astoria the past 5 years.
|Chocolate and raspberry mouse cakes, and napoleons from Artopolis.|
|Mmm...Christmas chocolate yule log! From New York Bakery.|
|My mom's homemade karidopita (walnut cake).|
Of course, it would not be Christmas without the furbabies donning obligatory Santa hats and other hilarious miscellany. Adele merely tolerated it:
And Ollie just flat out disagreed with the whole thing from beginning to end.
Poor Ollie. He puts up with so much!
The Aussie took down the tree yesterday, and now it is sitting bare in our living room. It makes me a little sad - the buildup and the feeling leading up to the holidays is a lot of fun and exciting and then right after there is such a let down. I definitely felt it today, since I was grading all morning and plan to continue after I publish this blog post.
Every year, The Aussie and I get a year ornament, and some new ones to add to our tree: some of them are random and fun, other are from our travels and others reflect our interests. My mom got me one of my new favorites which represents my love for my favorite tv show:
To close out the post and welcome the new year, I leave you with our tree (pardon the iron in the background!). I love the way it glowed with the lights off, and wanted to really enhance that during the editing. What do you think of the photos? I took and edited all of them with my new camera, and I am having so much fun.
How did you spend the holidays? Did you send out any fun holiday cards?