The other day, the Artist and I exchanged gifts. We always do this before the actual Christmas holiday because we are so busy visiting family, we like to have some private time to do our own celebrations- just the two of us. The Artist knows me so well, and is so thoughtful ❤
He got me some knew slippers. Sounds generic right? Well my slippers are several years old and full of holes- I had to wear socks in them too. So they were not only practical, they were so thoughtful. He knew how much I loved cozy, soft things in general, and knew how much I would love the pattern on them and the tassels!
And this hat- which I love. The craziness of it, the pattern, the fluffy fur- he gets me.
And some yarn for knitting. He knew that my all-time favourite stuff to knit with is soft, thick yarn. I don’t mind thinner yarn, but the thick stuff is my favourite.
And he got me a stocking full of treats!
Ring pops- because I had been wanting them lately, and couldn’t find any cherry. Some dark chocolate including a bar from Trader Joe’s, because I had been eyeing them up recently. A pack of bandages, because I am always scraping my knees, getting blisters on my feet and cutting my fingers. This was intended as a joke, but I ended up scraping my finger the next morning! And my very first nail polish! Because I recently broke a life long habit of chewing my nails, and they are finally a reasonable length to paint. I had this clear stuff that I got in high school and it is all gluey, and I had been wanting a coloured one.
I got my Artist a coffee grinder and some Starbucks whole coffee beans, some Bailey’s, a decanter to hold brandy or whisky, some new juggling balls, and some odds and ends in his stocking like chocolate-coconut macaroons 🙂 Here is a photo of his coffee supplies and juggling with the new balls!
He loves his coffee, and I knew he would love freshly ground beans every morning 🙂
He is so thoughtful. He really gets me. He really listens to me, and specifics about my tastes and preferences. I feel so lucky to have a husband who is so in tune with me ❤
I also did some holiday baking, and of course made the Artist’s favourite- shortbread cookies. I also made gingerbread cookies, some rice krispie squares, and some black bean brownies. The brownies were mainly for me, as they are “healthified” and super gooey and chewy- a type of brownie the Artist isn’t partial to. But my other treats were a hit 😉
I am a little sad that Christmas in St. Louis is passing so quickly, but I am also excited to see family! It is a bittersweet feeling. Time seems to fly fast and faster which each coming month, and sometimes I just want things to slow down a little, to stop and smell the roses. But time doesn’t slow down, only we can. Which is why I try and savour the little pleasures together- like watching Home Alone in front of our lit up tree, enjoying mimosa’s and cheers-ing to celebrate so many things.
Cheers to a new year that is just as happy and fun as the last.