I love Christmas. I love the hustle and bustle, I love the still quiet nights before bed with just the lights of the tree shining, I love it all.
*b* list of the sights and sounds of Christmas:
- gift wrapping ideas part 1: Jill Sprott and I have a simple tutorial up on the October Afternoon blog today featuring some gift wrapping ideas. I had SO much fun putting my ideas together!
- favorite Christmas movies: The Holiday (Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black & Kate Winslet), Elf (Will Ferrell), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Downton Abbey (Christmas episode), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (classic in our house, Tom will even watch it!), Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (childhood fave), Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn (oldie), The Homecoming (John Boy), A Christmas Carol (original), and Four Christmases. I haven’t seen Polar Express or Christmas with the Cranks (read the books), but with Netflix, that’s about to change! I’ve been watching a Christmas movie every night while I edit.
- favorite Christmas music: Michael Buble’s Christmas (the best!), Nat King Cole The Christmas Song, Henry Connick Jr What a Night A Christmas Album, Luther Vandross The Classic Christmas Album, Sarah McLachlan Wintersong, Aaron Neville Soulful Christmas (I’ve been listening to this one for years!) This year I plan to buy these three Christmas albums: Lady Antebellum On This Winter’s Night, Colbie Caillat Christmas in the Sand, Blake Shelton Cheers It’s Christmas and A Very Special Christmas 25 years (I’ve been buying these for years too!)
- favorite Christmas scents: My all time favorite is the Orange Vanilla Trapp Candle, so nice and mild. Woodwick Cinnamon Chai, although I haven’t tried this scent yet, I do love this brand and I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with cinnamon chai!
There you go! The first Christmas *b* list of the season.
Also, I have two winners to announce from last week’s gardeners’ digest!
The winner of Amy Heller’s Seasonal Storytelling class is:
Mariangeles_Spain – Love giveaways!! mariangeles_spain
The winner of my favorites is:
Melinda T – Love your inspiration! Lisa’s a fave of mine too!
Melinda, I will need your mailing address!
In addition to my list and the winners, I have a few photos to share from a recent family session. This family was referred by my daughter-in-law Jennifer (she is so great about referring friends!) They were one of the most photogenic families ever!
LOVE this one.
I got a shot of him looking at the camera and smiling, but I just really love this one.
I want this last shot.
God bless your day!