Last year for Christmas we took an amazing road trip through Florida and ended up with a magically tropical Christmas in Key West.
The year before we had a very white Christmas up in Mammoth Mountains.
This year Cindy got back from LA a couple of days before St Nick's spin around the globe, which ended up putting us in the mall on one of its busiest days of the year, a situation I never expected to be in.
Throw into the mix that we don't have a home right now and our lease is up the second week of January, at which point we head West to where we're not exactly sure. So all the gifts were small, easy to pack and transport, often pertaining to traveling in one way or another.
Several years back we had a 12 foot tree that was covered with lights and ornaments. It was lusciously indulgent to say the least. For a variety of reasons, ranging from being "green" and "renting" a living tree to just never being at "home" for the holidays, our trees have gotten smaller and smaller and less and less traditional. This year we had a little cone shaped rosemary bush that couldn't hold any ornaments so we used a very minimal wire tree.
Tree of Christmas Past
The stockings were stuffed beyond capacity and we were worried that the temporary hanging mounts might not hold, so they ended up leaning near the fire place.
I must say we all did pretty well with both the giving and the getting given the self-imposed limits upon us.
We had a wonderful day listening to Christmas music, and cooking and eating way too much. Cindy got me an amazing beer growler (more on that in a future post) but on top of all the food,(Skye made amazing cookies) I topped it with a goodly amount of delicious beer. I was stuffed to capacity, much like the stockings.
Unicorn chopsticks, a very adorable little plushie, and a book where I can put some of my knowledge and experience to use, "Raising Unicorns"
Planning on making eating better.
Bring on the Kale.
So many yummy goodies, even as winter closes down one farmers market after another.
There are still a couple that keep going all year.
It was a cold morning but the Morningside Market was open and running.
I've been wanting to go to a local club here in Atlanta called the Drunken Unicorn, for no reason other than the name. It ended up being a really fun club which then became or emptied into a club MJQ that Cindy's been wanting to go to for ages, a couple of points I was completely unaware of when I told her I really wanted to go the The Drunken Unicorn before we left Atlanta this time around.
We met some friends there and had a blast.
I ended up dancing on a packed stage with Hip/Hop blaring. So much crazy fun.
The following day was understandably lazy and mellow. Brunch with friends at a restaurant walking distance from the house playing the wonderfully non-PC card game, Cards Against Humanity. It goes well with Bloody Marys.
So we got our socializing and merry-making out of our system a couple of days early and now are looking forward to staying in and easing into 2013, the first year not to contain a repeated digit since 1987., ,