White Christmas

December 27, 2013

In the wake of relentless rain and ice, it managed to snow on Christmas here - just enough to make a new layer of white. "It's a Christmas miracle!" I know it's cliche, but there really is something extra special - and magical - about a Christmas snow. All that clean new white seems to gently foreshadow that "fresh start" that comes with every New Year.

I'm not one for making resolutions, but I have been quietly mulling over what I'd like to do, where I'd like to go, who I'd like to be for the last few months, and if I can't accomplish those goals in the remaining days of 2013, then 2014 and onward it will be!

I felt determined to get the most out of Christmas this year. With three Christmases under our belts as a married couple, it seemed like this fourth one should be done with a little more purpose and intention than simply exchanging gifts and following along with our family's events and traditions (because we're still clumsily assembling our own). And while I still haven't quite got the hang of it (we never did find those perfect stockings or finish twelve dates in time), I at least felt like the captain of my own ship. It made Christmas more meaningful. It made Christmas ours.

And now we're all tuckered out, Patricio's suffering from a stomach bug, but we're happily surrounded by our special new treasures. We are blessed to be given so much - indulge me while I share a few.

1. Darkest of dark chocolate and The History of Love from Patricio.
2. A versatile, geometric Shop for Jayu necklace from Sacha.
3. Polka dot socks, a lint roller with cats, and a cozy pom-pommed beanie from my sister.

And because I feel a little swell of pride from the gifts I bought for Patricio this year (since he brought them with him to all our family events), here's a few:

The Wes Anderson Collection (which is as much a gift for me as it is for him, to be honest), the Beautiful Losers book and DVD, and PEZ.

I'll be sharing a few more snippets from our Christmas over the next few days, but for now I'll be taking it easy. We hope that your Christmas was merry and bright!


  1. The pictures in the snow were worth being frozen for a few minutes - uber cute!

    1. My fingers are clenched from cold! Haha. Thanks!