Friday, December 26, 2014

Sunny Simple Life Christmas 2014

Well we have celebrated, ate and enjoyed good company. Christmas 2014 is in the books as they say.

I had a wonderful week of gatherings leading up to Christmas and one highlight was an annual trip to see my friend Shelly's house all decked out in the cutest vintage Christmas decor you have EVER seen. I wanted to do an entire post on the pictures I took. Do you think it is too late to share them now that Christmas has passed?

We baked and baked and then baked some more. Tins and bags of goodies left the house faster than I could bake. These peppermint kiss cookies were my new recipe this year. Just the cute colorful look of these cookies will keep them on our yearly list. I will share the recipe because they are so easy and look so fun.

On the 20th I had my group of friends through blogging over for a brunch. We had the best time and I am so lucky to have met such wonderful friends through this blog. I cherish these gals. I set the table simply but it is fun to get my Santa plates out each year.
 Every year we gather at our friends house for their annual Christmas Eve party. We have known each other since childhood and grew up on the same street. They are like family to us.

Finally, at home, everyone tucked in bed, and lo and behold Santa came. This was the kids' tree this year.

One particular kiddo was very excited this year. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and now onto New Years. Most of our decor came down today. We left a couple trees that will stay until New Year's day but it feels good to have the house restored to order.


  1. ... Elaine.. I love Christmas.. but I'm glad to be taking the decorations down and returning the house to everyday normality, too. Your photos are lovely. Time with special friends is great to have.
    Happy that you had a good Christmas.
    Hugs.... Barb xx

  2. I took everything down today too. I always like to get things back to normal too. We also had a very nice holiday. A highlight for me, was coming to your Christmas Brunch! I feel very fortunate to have met all of you too!!!
    Happy New Year! Almmost..
    xo Kris

  3. You had a very eventful and fun Christmas! I've been watching you through instagram... haven't been blogging much, but I must say--
    I wish I lived closer!!!! Your brunch sounds wonderful and exciting. You girls all looked like you had fun. ;)

  4. Wow that's a lot of red! I only put our things up a week or so ago, so it's up til New Years. Then the regular winter decor stays up. Cheery til Feb. or so. I scale back decorating more and more each year, and keep it simpler ongoing. Much less to do and store~~~

  5. Oh such lovely decor and those cookies look amazing. Sounds like a fabulous Christmas. I can't wait to get my house back to order too.

  6. I have some family coming for a late Christmas celebration next week, so the d├ęcor will stay up until New Years, after that I need a clean sweep!

  7. Wonderful times and photos....does Shelley have a blog? lol LOVE that first photo so much!

    Happy New Year!

  8. Please show more of Shelly's house!

  9. Looks like you had a great Christmas! Here's wishing you a healthy, peaceful and blessed New Year.