Thursday, December 30, 2010

Holiday goodness

This holiday season was family through and through. Both mine and T's family have been through a lot of heartache in the last year, some of it still very raw, and togetherness was really all that anyone wanted. Santa delivered in abundance.

Please note these phenomenal hats. Mine says "Merry Christmas, Eh!" and was discovered by T's dad in a Connecticut (not Canadian, shockingly) drugstore. T's is covered in sequins, naturally.

T's mom passed down her father's silver martini shaker to us, given to T's grandfather on his wedding day by a groomsman. It's inscribed with his grandparents' initials and their wedding date, and the sound of ice clinking in this huge vessel sent his mom right back to her childhood. This heirloom makes a lot of martinis, and set the tone for our Connecticut Christmas right away. We had so much fun celebrating together.

Meanwhile, in North Carolina, we had huge news to celebrate: my brother is engaged! He and his fiancee (!) Nicole are the parents to my precocious niece Taylor, and their untraditional love story makes me so happy I could burst. I can't wait to call Nicole my sister-in-law, finally. Let the wedding planning begin!

Speaking of adorable offspring, how cute are my niece and nephews all decked out in their Christmas finest?

Did I mention the SNOW?! A White Christmas (okay, White Night of Christmas/Day After Christmas) is a huge deal 'round these parts. A family snowball fight was exactly what we all needed.

And the scenery! A total Winter Wonderland. Santa's present, just for us.
(Or so it felt!)

Going into the New Year, I'm feeling so blessed. A tad overwhelmed by some huge decisions facing us (see this, for example), but totally, completely blessed all the same. Having champagne toasts in Connecticut and North Carolina, after a year like this tough one, is the best way I know to move forward.

So cheers! From me to you, to your families, and to mine.




  1. What a happy holiday! You look fabulous! Cheers to a wonderful 2011!

  2. I was jjust perusing your pics on FB. Do you know how much I am drooling over that martini shaker? It's gorgeous and meaningful- the best type of gift. Also, all the Liam pictures are too precious. I vote buy the house and have a Maggie and T baby ASAP for my enjoyment. Thanks!

  3. Your Christmas looked amazing! I love those pictures of snow, it made me long for colder weather. The Dallas muggy rain just did not put me in the Christmas spirit this year.

  4. What a great Christmas! The martini shaker is such a thoughtful gift. Things passed down by family members are so special.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy new year!

  5. Okay, I know you're not into the photo cards (and, truth-be-told, I'd miss the seasonal letterpress finery!), but that Santa Hat photo / Snow photo of the two of you NEEDS to be on pretty paper on my banister! Total framers!

    And the kiddos... oh dear, too much Adorable.

    So happy you had such a joyous, relaxing Christmas, surrounded by family! xoxo

  6. Happy New Year Maggie! And BTW, my father got an engraved silver cigarette box from his ushers as a wedding present:). Vices were more popular then. I love the shaker.

  7. Happy New Year, Maggie! Wishing all the best for you in 2011. Hugs!

  8. So happy you and T had a joyful Christmas with family. Love the very special martini shaker gift, the festive snow, and the cutie kiddos!


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