I have celebrated Christmas with family and friends at home for 40 years. Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite "chores" during the year, so I truly missed it this year. All of my Christmas decorations are packed up in storage, not to be opened until our new home is complete - hopefully by next Christmas. Since we sold our home in the summer and our new one isn't ready yet, we decided to spend Christmas in the city of Chicago this year.
It was a different Christmas pace this year- having time to do little things- shop at a leisurely pace, try out a new recipe, have a facial, watch all the Hallmark Christmas movies that make me cry !
So I share with you glimpses of this season- some moments that I will remember-
for this final year in Chicago.
Time to take bubble baths using these beautiful "bath salt cupcakes". - locally made in Hendersonville, NC.
Time to shop antique stores ! Finding a set of fuchsia service plates at a wonderful price.
Again- time to shop in other retailers. I haven't been in a Pier One Imports for over 10 years,
but this year I did! Awesome selection of place mats and napkins.
Time to enjoy my daughter's dining table set for the holidays!
Time to bathe and brush my dog, Harry !
The only holiday décor in our little rental- an antique pickle jar full of amaryllis.
Inspired by an article in an European home décor magazine,
found time to scour the internet for a red quill pen.
Time to stare out the window of our hotel room at the Drake in Chicago
and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan..
Time to walk to Restoration Hardware for lunch and enjoy all the Chicago Brownstones that are
so beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Enjoying the lights in the city at dusk.
Having dinner at the Boarding House in Chicago on Christmas Eve- where the chandelier over the
bar is composed of 9000 clear wine glasses!
And the chandelier in the dining room is made of thousands of wine bottles.
Watching my husband take a homeless man, who had slept in the park all night,
a warm breakfast on Christmas morning.
Enjoying the architecture of the Drake Hotel.
Having tea in the Palm Court at the Drake on Christmas Day rather than cooking.
Wrapping little boxes of macarons for my husband's staff.
Time to enjoy my daughter's creativity. I love this little clementine wreath that she made me.
Being on Michigan Avenue on the day after Christmas and getting to score great deals on
Neiman Marcus ornaments.
Shopping the Ralph Lauren store the day after Christmas and finding a pair of the leopard shams that I have longed for so long- at half price!!
Returning home on the day after Christmas and not having to take down a dead tree.
Just put away an antique pickle jar that is filled with starry lights.
Coming home and making my husband some apple rose morning rolls.
Enough of these restful holidays!
Next year will be back to the hectic pace of a Christmas at home with a house full of people.
A crazy Christmas with all my family and friends -A time I hold dear to my heart!
Merry Christmas to all!