In the spirit of the holidays, I have stock piled festive recipes and gathering ideas for traditions to start or things to do in order to keep this season warm and bright. At first I felt a little silly, who plans Christmas in september? But when faced with the reality to spending this season in LA away from our friends and family I had to get busy. There are still loose ends to be figured out, but here is our plan thus far:
First on the list- food (of course… have you learned nothing about me? I expected more from you…) We are leaning toward a festive dinner out of the house on Christmas eve. Someplace nice, cozy, and filled with holiday cheer. Currently, the front runner is Bottega Louie, I feel coffee and macarons are the perfect way to kick off the spirit of the holidays.
Christmas morning has a long standing tradition of a big family breakfast on my side (seriously I dream of Christmas breakfast and the magic it holds). Although we are a small family of two now, we fully plan to keep this tradition alive. I am currently debating between pancakes, cinnamon rolls,muffins or scones. Thoughts?
Today while we were chatting about the food front, it was decided that we are, more than likely, going to be borderline buzzed for most of the day (sorry mom, but you can’t blame us we are sad and alone and will be in need of a little cheer) Mimosas and coffee will accompany breakfast. This will be followed by hors devours and mulled wine or a holiday cocktail. Dinner will be served on a table decorated with pine boughs and candle light. Garlic Rosemary Pork with mashed potatoes androasted brussels sprouts perhaps? Or maybe lemon chicken with crispy smashed potatoes and green beans? And of course wine will be paired to the appropriate meal. Dessert will more than likely be my very favorite cookie from my childhood, Almond Stars and coffee, though my mother has warned me the cookies are “fussy”… I think I can handle it (there will be photos, so long as they survive, though their sheer perfection may be too much for the internet to handle).
Ok, so maybe we don’t have the menu nailed down, but the ideas are all there.
We have also decided that each meal will require its own wardrobe change; for the appropriate times of day of course. Breakfast- festive pajamas, Hors devours- cozy casual, Dinner- dressy chic (which means I will end up wearing a lot of black).
Second, keeping things festive- I plan on having a full on Christmas OD fest on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are alone out here you guys, what do you expect? A Christmas movie marathon, having a google hangout with the fam, board games, glamping in the living room, and exchanging a few gifts have all been put on our survival list. But those things only take up so much time. We have played with the idea of going to a hotel for the day and getting out of the house, but that money could be far better spent on my wardrobe… I mean our, our wardrobe. Any ideas for good distraction, I am open to suggestions.
Third- the lovely and talented contributors to Kinfolk need to stop reading my mind. This seasons issue tackled a lot of the things that we are currently dealing with. Being away and starting your own traditions. Making the most of the holidays no matter the circumstances and doing things to keep in the holiday spirit, keeping things about light and life. It is truly magical and you should absolutely pick up a copy (they are also incredibly beautiful and inspiring, a great purchase all together).
My current holiday obsessions are as follows:
Michael Buble Christmas. I know… I want to hate it, but I can’t.
Pine and Pomegranates.
Sweet Paul Magazines holiday issue (an online publication)
Gold Washi Tape on Christmas presents waiting to be shipped off for loving fingers to open.
What are you loving this holiday season?