Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Christmas at The Grove

... well, that is if torrential rain for days on end is your idea of what Christmas looks like. Personally, I'd prefer snow, but that's not going to happen here. So gray skies and raindrops it is.

Despite the gloomy weather, I'm slowly getting into the Christmas spirit. I'll admit, it has taken me a bit longer to really feel the season, if you know what I mean. It definitely snuck up on me this year. I think it is work and stress and the fact that my house didn't even have a tree until the end of last week. But with the decorations finally up and after sending out my Christmas cards and attending two holiday parties (one with the boy's family, one with friends), I am starting to come around.

Though the date never changes and I knew it was coming, I think I really realized Christmas is here about two weekends ago. (About the same time I started all my holiday shopping, ha!) On that Saturday, the boy and I spent the afternoon perusing the fabulous artists and creators at Unique L.A.'s third annual Holiday Show. I was on a mission to buy handmade and get a few people checked off my gift-giving list. Of course, I mostly saw things I wanted for myself! I bought the coolest, chunky (and pointy!) quartz ring by Kittinhawk and, like last year, I stopped by Danni's booth, Oh, hello friend, to say hi. Ok, and buy a few things. What can I say...?

Anyway, after browsing and buying for a couple hours, the boy and I were starving. Shopping sure works up an appetite! So we headed over to The Grove for dinner at Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro. It was our first time there and it was delicious. Expensive, but delicious. (I got the roasted tilapia served atop basil mashed potatoes with sliced tomatoes, zucchini and fried capers. Yum.)

But the best part of our quick trip, and what really kick started me getting into the holiday mood, was seeing all the wonderful decorations. From the huge, glistening Christmas tree to a "flying" reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh to a water fountain show set to classic carols, you couldn't help but feel a bit more jolly.

Want to see? ...

So, are you feeling festive this holiday season? Or have you been distracted, like me?

And, perhaps more importantly, who else still has more shopping to do? (Not to mention all my wrapping!) I know I sure do! I'm always finishing up last minute. That's what Christmas Eve is for, right? :)


Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Ooooh I love all the Christmas decoration pictures! Nothing puts me in the spirit like being at home with my family so I think as of TOMORROW I will be 100% in the Christmas spirit :)

rachel said...

hi dear! just wanted to say thank you so much for your sweet card in the mail. I very much enjoyed the tea, as well -- I've never had that kind! hope you're having a great week.

p.s. I know what you mean, Christmas snuck up on me too this year!

Mo Pie, Please said...

What a lovely display! I bet it's hard to get Christmasy when it's pouring down rain. It's snowed quite a bit here so it's been easy for me to get into the spirit. We leave for Louisville tomorrow and I'm so excited for it all to begin! Good luck finishing everything up, all i've got left to do is wrap a few presents, pack and clean some dishes! Merry Christmas!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Aww Carissa! I got your card today and it is so cute! THanks for the tea, it smells great and I can't wait to drink it!