On the 12th day of Christmas…

I can’t believe I’ve reached the 12th day already.  When I started this little event three weeks ago it seemed like Christmas was a long way off. But here we are on eve of Christmas Eve…time really does fly. 

We’ve reached my very last favorite thing about Christmas…and that is the actual holiday itself.  Tonight and tomorrow will be a whirlwind of last minute wrapping and baking and cooking and cleaning and setting up.  But there will come a moment…probably ten minutes before my family arrives tomorrow…when I will be done and I will get to stop and look around.  The decorations will be done, the gifts all wrapped and waiting under the tree, the cakes and cookies sitting on the counter, dinner all laid out on the table, Christmas music playing in the background, a fire burning in the fireplace…and I will sit on the couch and take it all in. 

Then my family will arrive and we will sit down to eat…seven people and four dogs.  We will eat until we are stuffed and then we’ll eat some more.  We’ll tell stories and talk and laugh.  We’ll head to the living room to exchange presents.  My family will head home and J and I will go to sleep.

The next morning, J and I will eat breakfast and open our presents from each other.  Then we’ll pack up some cake and cookies and head out to Staten Island to visit with J’s family…where we will eat until we are stuffed and then we’ll eat some more.  We’ll tell stories and talk and laugh.  We’ll head to the living room to exchange presents.  Then J and I will head home to hang out with the dogs, probably eat some more and check out the sales taking place the next day. 

It will all go by too quickly and I’ll be sad it’s over, but then I can start looking forward to next Christmas!

These 12 days of giveaways have been so much fun.  I hope you’ve all enjoyed them as much as I have.  Today is the last one and I’ve saved what I think is the best for the last.  Today’s present is a $50 gift certificate to Daisy and Elm

If you aren’t familiar with D&E jewelry, I insist you go check out the Facebook page immediately.  The jewelry is gorgeous and each piece is unique.  The prices are also really great.  You can use your gift certificate for one of the pieces in D&E’s inventory or you can work with Ally on a custom piece.  Here is just a little hint of the fabulousness you can get from D&E…



Well…technically that last bit of fabulousness cannot be yours…because it is mine.  But you can have something like it.

Because of the holidays this weekend, I will leave the entries open for this week’s presents until Saturday at midnight and I’ll do the drawing on Sunday morning. 

In other news…when I got home last night I found that J baked me a cake for my birthday…from scratch.  It was his first attempt at baking anything and it came out fantastic and delicious…

Do I have the best boyfriend ever?

Merry Christmas Eve eve!