put the lights on the tree. (put them on the tree, put them on the tree*).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

If you had asked me a few months ago, I would’ve said that, due to financial complications, I would be spending Christmas in Europe, away from my family.  But, here I am!  A Stateside Christmas it shall be.

Initially, the idea of spending the holidays in Europe didn’t bother me.  I had already discussed celebrating Christmas/ringing in the New Year with Eva and her family in the Alps (and maybe even making time for a ski trip or two!), which, no doubt, would have been unforgettably beautiful and fun.  And I love the German and Austrian Christmas markets just as much as the next person, if not more.   But now that I’m here, I keep thinking, “Why on earth did I ever think that staying abroad for Christmas would be a good idea?!”  Because there really is no place like home for the holidays.

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Fun fact #1:  My mom’s most cherished possession is that ceramic Santa Claus in the above photo, center.
Fun fact #2:  My mom made every one of our stockings by hand.  Aren’t they terrific?
Fun fact #3:  I secretly get just as excited about Christmas Eve as I do Christmas (maybe even a little bit more).  I can’t believe Christmas Eve/Christmas is this weekend.  Where has the time gone?!

*lyrics from one of my favorite Christmas songs (the whole album sort of makes me cry…in the best way possible).

23 comments:

Erin said...

How nice that you got the chance to go home! Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Jenny in Ohio said...

okay, I have to ask the awkward question- did you and Peter break up? (sorry if I missed this...)

Chelsea Coleen said...

holy moly. that tree is one of my FAVORITES that i've seen in blogland

Gentri said...

Oh Christmas eve is way better! Haha! Just in the fact of anticipation and most of Christmas day is spent lounging. Such gorgeous pictures! I posted pics of my moms decor today too! I'm so glad you are able to be home for Christmas. :)

Brittany said...

SO Awesome!! We are leaving beautiful, snowy, sweatery, fire roasty, hot chocolatey Vermont for the sonoran desert for the holiday... and I wouldn't have it any other way. Perfect Christmas = where the fam is!!

xx

gabriella said...

I also want to ask the awkward question, did you and Piotr break up?

Happy Christmas! It really is better at home.

Alex said...

Oklahoma is basically Texas, right? Come for a visit!!

mir. said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been wondering about Piotr but afraid to ask...
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas at home with family! I also came back to the US when I was living in Germany--there's really no place like home, no matter how beautiful and magical Germany is during this time of year.

this free bird said...

Yippee you got to come home!! I'm landlocked and trying not to eat my way through it. :(

Kayla said...

That tree is amazing! The whole house looks beautiful! My mom made our stockings too, so special!

Jeneric Generation said...

Your house looks soooo pretty!! And your tree is beautiful. I want to go up close and look at all of the ornaments.

Wegan said...

Aww Xmas is always the best at home! Love how much you've seen of Europe. I'm from the UK and hardl visited Europe, mainly france. Woops!

M x

Young People in Love said...

Just saw your post on Meg's blog.

I don't care what anyone says. You will always be Beyonce...in my heart.

Caucasian shmaucasian.

Candice said...

Yay!! I'm so glad you got to go home for Christmas! :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@the people with relationship inquiries, i'm going to do a post about that one day...i swear. bear with me. ;)

K said...

story of my life! I just got home and can't get over how wonderful it is to be here. I cannot imagine not being home during Christmas. Also I definitely just ate Mexican food less than 24hrs after landing. This is a personal best....and totally related to Christmas (Feliz Navidad and what not) ;)

KY said...

WOW! Does your mother ever know how to decorate for the holidays! I am swooning over her tree and collection of Santas!

And I don't see anything cheesy as "there really is no place like home for the holidays," I feel exactly the same way as you do!

I am so happy that you are able to share the holiday season with your family. Enjoy every moment and create lots of memories!

Jenny in Ohio said...

Jenni- sorry to be nosy! Just noticed you hadn't mentioned him in a while. Do what you gotta do, girl. :)

Tucker said...

so beautiful!! (:

ashley // chasing heartbeats said...

that tree is GORGEOUS! I definitely agree that there is no place like home for the holidays! This will be my first year away from California and although we are celebrating at our home here in Germany, and my parents made the trip out to be with us, it is really just not the same without the rest of my family and my friends. Enjoy your time at home for me!

Jan said...

Yep, that Santa is about 50 years old and still plays music!!!

shopgirl said...

The Christmas tree is gorgeous and you have one wonderful mother!

Glad you got to go home for Christmas Jenni!

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divine lifestyle said...

Nice christmas tree :)