Hello. I’ve been absent here on Main St. for most of 2014. I really hate that I abandoned my blog this year and took a much longer break than I had ever planned.
Returning this afternoon feels a little awkward and uncomfortable, like when you stop working out and then go back after 6 months or so.
There’s no real reason for my extended absence other than needing to refresh creatively and just the business of being a busy momma of children with a husband that works a lot. And, of course just normal life.
If you stick around today, just know that it’s photo-heavy with not a lot of text. I had intended to share after everyone went to bed Christmas night, but fell asleep myself (with a half-cleaned up kitchen).
I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as we did. It seems to have gone faster than usual this year since we were a little late with decorating, stringing up Christmas lights, searching for the perfect tree and of course, shopping.
So without further ado, here’s a look at our Christmas Day.
We set up the nativity in the dining room as usual, keeping one of my favorite platters on display (she frequently makes an appearance on instagram) and found the two glass and wicker candle holders at Home Goods.
I did a simple place setting at the breakfast table for Christmas morning. The only new additions were the red striped table cloth from Home Goods and the polka dot napkins from Pottery Barn (I think they’re still in stock).
Here’s a peek at our dining table all set for Christmas dinner. I used more of my Spode Christmas tree plates, crystal candlesticks from Tiffany’s (wedding gift), my Great Grandmother’s cut crystal bowl filled with clementines. Our sterling flatware was polished up and once again my Mom created the floral arrangements for me. My children look forward to opening an English cracker at dinner every year. It’s one of the Christmas traditions that the adults look forward to as well.
My Mom’s birthday was Christmas Day and we celebrated with these divine coconut cupcakes that I baked well before the dinner preparations began. I think my boys look forward to celebrating her birthday as much as she does, complete with lots of candles, making wishes and opening presents.
Thanks again for stopping by!