As mentioned in a previous post, the Martin family had their 2nd annual Christmas dinner and light viewing party at me and my sister's place! It was a lot of fun. My sister (2.5 years older than me) pretty much did everything, from the beautiful decorations (I chipped in by creating the red banner that says "Merry Christmas"), veggie chili, a colorful salad, and warm apple cake with ice cream.
After dinner, we, once again, crammed into my parent's SUV and took off to the neighborhood next to us (yes, we "neighbor" the ritzy area of Dallas) for some amazing Christmas light viewing. We're getting ready to head out for a long winter vacation so we also opened some presents! (I got an awesome cookbook that I can't wait to use.)
The food, company & laughter made for a memorable evening! Check out the pics below of our cozy apartment during Christmas time. (Please excuse the sorta blurry images. They were taken with my iPhone, but I tried to doctor a few with an app.)
As some of you may experience at Christmas, all kinds of treats make their way into the office just in time for that so-called diet. You've gotta move past that. It's the holidays. Naturally, you eat a lot. And most the time, it's not so good for you things.
Featured in my office today, were the following goodies...
How many of you light up for Christmas? Last year, my sister and I hosted a small family holiday dinner party at our place. After the meal, all 6 of us Martins crammed into my parent's SUV for a trip around the ritzy neighborhood of Dallas to see Christmas lights. It was amazing! Pretty sure all of those home owners hired professionals, but how many of you out there are DIY-ers or do you hire? What's a must outdoor decoration for Christmas?
This is a picture of one of the houses from last year. Each jack in the box is a person from that family. I wonder how much those cost??!
What a darling idea for those hot holiday drinks! A tiny gingerbread house made to perch on your coffee mug. This creative idea comes with a tutorial so be sure to check it out! (P.S. I just found not martha and I can't wait to dig in after this find!!)
*A fun fact (if you didn't know already): Starbucks makes what's known as a Zebra Hot Chocolate - not listed on the menu. It's a mix of regular chocolate and white chocolate. Supposedly it tastes better than their original hot chocolate, but it's not as sweet as a white mocha. Can't wait to try this out!
How many of you have your tree up and decorated? I must say, for those that do, I am jealous! Since I live in an apartment and will be out of town for a good chunk of the holiday, my sister and I only have up our small table top tree with minimal ornaments... but I will say, it's cute!
No matter your tree size, it's still gotta have that Christmas style! Check out these cute DIY ornaments. (Click on each name for the source.) Have any you'd like to share?
One of my all-time favorite Christmas stories is Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, & Future and the adventures they lead Ebenezer Scrooge on, make for the most entertaining story line and the characters become so dear to you once you're engaged in the story.
When I was younger, almost every holiday season, my grandparents would purchase tickets for our family for the live performance of A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre in Houston. The story is even more amazing on stage!
I was pretty thrilled to find this beautiful pop up book of the holiday tale. I simply can't pass this up. Both the artist, Chuck Fischer, and Bruce Foster, the paper engineer, created an amazing depiction of the story.
These little treats can be found on one of my favorite food blogs, Tartelette. It's an older post so you may have seen it around, but it came back to me, during a search, just in time for the holidays! Why does it remind me of Christmas? Well, don't they look like little edible presents to you? :)