Every year the holiday season takes me by surprise. I realize on December 1st that I have a mere three weeks to shop for gifts, decorate my home and send up to one hundred holiday cards to friends, clients and family. I’m a fairly organized person and I keep lists and notes from year to year to help me keep on track of all I need to do. Even so, it’s now mid-December and the happy holiday spirit is slowly being replaced by a grinchy scowl.
I have no advice on how to stay calm and happy through the holiday madness as I’m not very good at navigating the season myself, but I do try to take a breather every few days to go out and see the lights. Many streets here in Los Angeles are decorated for the holidays with glowing presents, holly and other seasonal imagery, but the best holiday displays are probably at the local shopping malls, many of which are outdoors. Last weekend my husband and I went to The Grove to look for some gifts. Although I didn’t find much to fill up my Christmas gift list, I was amazed at the lights, which were wrapped around every tree and building. During these short, dark, days of December I believe we need the extra light to keep the blues away.
Huge stars are suspended over Santa’s house.
We enjoyed a lovely dinner at a local restaurant. I had a salad. Hugo had pizza.
- The burgundy scarf was a gift from my mother
- T-shirt from Target
- Skirt and clutch from Nordstrom
- Jacket from The Gap
- Vintage gloves
- Brown boots from Off Broadway
What do you do to enjoy the holidays?