The holiday season is by far my favorite time of the year. I get to see family members, eat incredibly delicious food, and partake in gift giving. This holiday season was extra special for me because in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was due to deliver my baby Ava!
Far in advance I knew that this holiday time would be very taxing with the arrival of my first child. So I began planning ridiculously early. Holiday cards were designed and Christmas decorations were pulled out of storage by early November. My super pregnant self waddled around Michaels, Target and Pier 1 looking for items to add to my collection. Christmas preparation this year was definitely half fun and half crazy (being that I was carrying a full term baby…).
My urgency to decorate my house as what I call “a winter wonderland” was primarily driven by my desire to have a festive home in time for Ava’s arrival. Also, a Christmasy house reminds me of my parents’ home–they always have beautiful decorations for each season, especially for Christmas, which makes me feel a sense of warmth and love. And finally, I was planning a party just a few days before my due date–something of a Holiday party mixed with a Friendsgiving element combined with a celebration of Ava’s homecoming. Why I decided to add the stress of preparing for a party will not be understood by many, but I was so happy that I did it!
I baked several dishes and friends brought over wine and even sparkling cider specifically for me! One friend brought some paleo/gluten free cookies (yum!). Over yummy food, we chatted and played games. It was so nice to share my home with friends 🙂 Enjoy the pics!