Really, is there any better time than the holiday season? I had eleven days off work — something that hasn’t happened since college. One of my favorite things about Christmas is the traditions, and I spent a week at home checking them off my list: Christmas Eve dinner with extended family, opening the first present Christmas morning, eating copious amounts of my dad’s Yorkshire pudding later in the day, sitting by the lit tree reading a new book, watching “A Muppet Family Christmas,” decorating cookies, visiting with old friends and soaking up as much time as possible with some of my very favorite people. We listened to a lot of holiday music and played even more board games. I saw two movies over the break — Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained — both of which were excellent. But more than all these things, being home is always extra special because I live so far away. I love that everything and nothing is changed all at the same time.
I spent a lot of the trip in a North Face fleece and yoga pants (the coat I brought from California was not nearly warm enough to handle the weather), so I’m glad Benton snapped a few great shots of us girls all dressed up on Christmas Eve. My mom made a beautiful cake inspired by this one, which I can’t wait to recreate myself one day.
Even though I found out after booking my trip that I could have stayed in NJ longer, it was nice being home in LA for a few days at the end of the break. Benton and I took a little drive up the coast, and I shot a few movies of him surfing. We kept the rest of the time low key with a NYE hosted by Kate — just six of us drinking champagne and playing board games until 3am. Even though we were hanging at home, everyone got dressed up and the night definitely felt festive. I’m not planning on making any real resolutions, but I have done a little bit of “new year” musing, and I just feel so…grateful. Life is good!