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sensory overload: holiday festivities!

16 Dec 2013

well, this past week i have engaged in some seriously serious decking the halls and such. and before i know it, we are even closer to christmas and the new year. it’s been amazing having my love at home with me and enjoying some time together – without stress and crazy schedules. in fact, last week we found a way to eat dinner out/celebrate every single evening. yes, it was a fun, fun week filed with new traditions and old.

a quiet, cold wintery morning. it’s always great to spend a few moments outside, enjoying a bit of solitude.

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christmas shopping!!IMG_6603 IMG_6683

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a new fika meet up record! 13 people meeting together!IMG_6650

after an amazing dinner at nine mile in montford park, my brother, my love & i went to a cozy, waaaaay off-broadway performance of charles dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. IMG_6669

an afternoon of writing and sipping chai at home.
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ready for our first annual eat, drink, & be merry party!IMG_6675 DSC_0998 DSC_1001 DSC_1007 DSC_1004 DSC_1008

still loving all the cozy decorations in our home.IMG_6686

our guest bed is all ready for my parents to come for a few days.IMG_6691

a sunday visit to the famous grove park inn to look at the gingerbread house winners & just soak up the festive decorations in the amazing place.IMG_6713 IMG_6728 IMG_6745 IMG_6738

happy third of advent! only one more candle to go!IMG_6698

seeing: the stage performance of one of my favorite christmas stories: a christmas carol. thirteen new friends at our fika meet up!

hearing: laughter and amazing conversation at our eat, drink, & be merry party. it was so much fun to connect with new friends and reconnect with old ones – and playing hilarious, crazy games together was wonderful.

tasting: delicious punch at a christmas party saturday night – we were invited to a part at my former co-worker’s home, and they had tons of yummies, laughter, and some amazing “adult” punch to share with their guests. i was so honored that she thought to invite me & lina.

touching: the cold, winter air on my skin…. freezing and yet, crisp and invigorating.

smelling: appetizers & goodies baking in our home as we prepared for our holiday party.

feeling: you know, there are just some people in your life that are good for your soul. on friday night, in my home, i had two of those friends here with me. to have a chance to talk with them, to catch up with them, even for just a little bit, was such a great gift. we have been friends for almost 22 years, something that does not happen very often in my transient life. having a few hours to be in their amazing presence and do some soul-talking with them was exactly what i needed at that time. i am ever so grateful for them taking the time to come to our party.

how are your holiday activities going? can you believe it’s only 9 days until santa comes?! i hope that you are finding some peace and quiet during this season as well.

sending love & peace. xx.

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  • Reply Victoria Oldham 16 Dec 2013 at 12:17

    Gorgeous pics!! Looks like you’re doing your first holiday back in the States exactly right. 🙂

    • Reply liz 20 Dec 2013 at 10:41

      Thanks, V! Yes, I am enjoying it very much. Hope your holiday is beautiful, peaceful, and fun! xx

  • Reply Meghan 17 Dec 2013 at 21:31

    I love your photos in this post, Liz. You really captured the holiday spirit!

    • Reply liz 20 Dec 2013 at 10:41

      Oh, thank you Meghan!! xo

  • Reply Holly 18 Dec 2013 at 03:57

    Amazing pics, and your party pics are gorgeous!
    Our side of the pond, I’m feeling rather unfestive, despite a very christmasy weekend and decorations everywhere… think I’m just looking forward to complete close up and will get festive from 1pm on xmas eve! 🙂

    • Reply liz 20 Dec 2013 at 10:42

      Thanks, Holly. Oh, I do wish that the festive spirit takes you over once you have some time off. It did look like you had some fun last weekend. 😉 Sending you tidings of comfort & joy! xo

  • Reply gallivance.net 18 Dec 2013 at 11:58

    The party layout looks delish Liz. We lived in Asheville for 6 months, and managed to attend the gingerbread house competition at the Grove Park Inn. It was a hoot. And I absolutely love the lobby there at Christmas time. We had a bit of R&R time in the rockers before the huge fire. Happy Holidays. ~James

    • Reply liz 20 Dec 2013 at 10:43

      Isn’t the Grove Park Inn just the greatest, most grandest holiday place? I just love walking through there just to see all of the decorations. Happy Holidays to y’all!!

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