Be honest. Aren’t you kind of glad the holidays are almost over? So much effort, so little time. I found myself longing for quiet when I wasn’t racing though the next baking episode or laundry marathon. At the same time, I love how the house looks during the holidays. And family- we even managed to all sneak out to see the new Star Wars. Great show.

Here are some other enduring holiday experiences, you might enjoy.

Even though I grew up in DC I don’t think we made it to the White House for a tour at any time of year. When I see something like this video, I’m reminded: If you live near or in places of historic interest, go there! American history has some fascinating people, places and things. A friend posted a great video tour of the White House at Christmas. Beautiful and quiet spaces. (It’s pretty fantastic. Try to count the number of trees, if you can.) A little overwhelming. This year, our lone tree didn’t get finished until Christmas morning.

And, a great holiday message from the Queen on the occasion of her annual holiday broadcast. I’ve never seen that before.

I’m  a huge fan of twinkling lights inside the house. xmashouseIf you have the chance to re-visit or update your interior lighting, make sure to remember twinkle light power needs.. Outlets near the ceiling and properly installed discreet pegs that stay up all year. No punching new holes every year, or wishing you had lights other than those on the tree. You’ll have another option for party lights too- all year long. Others may give you grief but you’ll be glad you did it.

And then, before the holiday season comes to a close…relax on your white divan with some Paola Pillows to cozy up to. And listen up to a great love duet. I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)– Meatloaf & Patti Russo- You have to wait a while but Patti’s entrance is, well, epic. Great pair of performers, well matched.



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