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Spotted in Rural Massachusetts (12/18)

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all enjoying this final countdown to Christmas as much as I am- although I have been unusually busy these past couple of weeks! Between finishing up my gift shopping (I only have a couple more things to pick up this week, and once they’re wrapped I am D.O.N.E. with hitting the malls and ridiculous traffic!), get togethers and dinners with family & friends- and non-stop Holiday shenanigans at work (like an ugly sweater party, a decorating contest, a Christmas cookie swap, a company luncheon, etc. etc. The list goes on!)– I’m pretty beat and looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend in the company of my immediate family at my mom’s house.

Posts have been scarce this month, I admit- and with the impending holiday and all the preparations that come with it- I don’t anticipate updating again until after Christmas is over and it’s time to get ready for New Years Eve. I’ve already started drafting my final thoughts for 2016 (and ooooh boy- what a year it’s been) that I’m looking forward to sharing before I head off to my still-semi-secret NYE plans- which I’ll divulge in my “In a Nutshell” post about the year that was. I’m disappointed in my lack of updates, since I had set such high expectations for myself and really wanted to share a multitude of festive things- but much like the rest of 2016 was for a lot of people- things just sort of unexpectedly popped up and sidetracked me.

Until next week, I did want to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. I know this time of year (and really this year in general)– has been pretty tough for many- but I hope you all find ways to feel comfort, joy, and cheer. I hope you’re all surrounded by people you love and who love you right back- and most of all- I hope each of you knows that things will get a little easier and a little better in time.

See you all next week! We can bid farewell to 2016 together!

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Natick, MA. (12/18)

xx

Merry Friday!

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Merry Day-After-Christmas and Happy Friday, everyone! I hope those of you who celebrated the holiday yesterday had a wonderful one! While it wasn’t a particularly white Christmas this year (more of a rainy, foggy one where I was,) I still had a great couple of days spending time with some of my family and friends- swapping presents by the tree(s), and eating twice my body weight in Chinese food- as is tradition, of course. Today, I’m heading into my office while it’s empty and quiet to do some last-minute filing and drafting before I take this coming weekend to finish up my last couple of posts for the year (including my usual reflection of the past 12 months and hopes/goals for the coming year,) and prepare to welcome 2015 with open arms next week!

The photos above are a few of my favorites that I took a couple of nights ago while I was out for an evening ride along the back roads of Western Massachusetts. With hot coffee in hand and Christmas music on the radio- I happened to drive through the main street in the town of Ware (“Where?” “Ware.” “No, where?” “Ware.”) Their seasonal display- much like last year when I would frequently pass by while on my way to Amherst and Northampton- is beautifully simple and old fashioned. I couldn’t resist stopping to snap a some pictures before heading back on my way. The wreaths and the trees really light up and bring to life what is otherwise a fairly quiet, darkened street.

I love Christmas decorations (obviously,) and am sad to have to take mine down before the new year- especially my Christmas tree. It’s an artificial one that I’ve had since I was a little kid that is easy to assemble and has miraculously withstood the test of time and sometimes questionable storage techniques. I cherish it, mostly because of it’s history- but for the past few years I’ve been tempted to try my hand at getting a real Christmas tree (I’ve just never gotten around to actually doing it.) I’m hoping next year I’ll finally muster up the courage to face the maintenance and fear of pine needles all over my floor head-on to have the “true” Christmas tree experience!

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12/20. My mom snapped this photo of me while we were out at a local greenhouse. I wanted to take that tree behind me home to decorate!

Stay safe, warm, and enjoy the rest of your week (as well as any presents you may have received and leftovers from holiday meals,) everyone!

“Walking in a Winter Wonderland…”

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Sometimes, in the midst of the chaos that comes with wrapping up cases for the end of the year at the office and wrapping up Christmas presents (assuming you didn’t wait until recently to even start your shopping like, say, me- for example-) it can be easy to overlook the little happenings in the city that make Christmastime in Boston so beautiful. The lights on the trees in the Common, or the storefronts on Newbury Street being decorated to the nines, or hearing children laughing and shrieking as they glide across the seasonal skating rink at the frog pond.

Despite my busy work schedule and attempting to finish the last of my Christmas shopping (I should be done by tomorrow!) I’ve found little things to keep myself from becoming a regular Grinch under pressure and keep my festive, Cindy Lou Who attitude, instead. One thing being my above-pictured red and green manicure (holding a peppermint mocha, of course,) that always gets me in the holiday spirit whenever I look down at my digits.

And as usual, I made a point to pick up some warm, cozy, thermal and flannel pajamas while I was out at the shops, too! Christmas just isn’t Christmas without thermal, fleece, and/or flannel pajamas.

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And no evening in warm, cozy, flannel and/or thermal pajamas is complete without a lovely smelling candle burning. I’ve been loving the “Hot Buttered Rum” ones from Bath and Body Works as of late. It’s deliciously Christmas-y and comforting with the distinction of not smelling like peppermint or pine. I highly recommend it to you candle lovers out there!

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With only a couple of things left to pick up for friends and family for the holidays, it looks like I’ll be free this coming weekend to enjoy more seasonal scenery. I’ve been thinking of heading to Newport, Rhode Island- like I did last year around this time- or out to Western Massachusetts- or maybe even both!

I’ll just have to see where the rest of this week takes me!