Sometimes it's awesome that you don't know your neighbors yet. NO neighbor gifts to fret about this year. I did want to take something simple and pretty to a few dear friends who have helped me so much since moving here. It needed to be simple, pretty, and it needed to be inexpensive. Trader Joes mini Poinsettia's were perfect (and I love that appley red mix). I'm not a big fan of the gold metallic and clear celophane wrap that usually accompanies store bought flowers, so I switched that out for some of my brown craft paper, tied it off with twine, attached a nice little card and voila! I think I'll stick with mini poinsettia's each year now. So easy and pretty.
Goofy kid to deliver them. CHECK.
First Christmas Cookie Exchange with strangers. CHECK (and a blast!)
I went with the glittering lemon sandwich cookies, and although I'm sure easier than the Macaroon, they still took me 6 hours! Pretty and delicious, but I'll never be making them again. I have a two hour baking limit.
Celebrating with Family. CHECK.
This sister flew into town for Christmas, and is making it all Merry & Bright!
Post Dinner Dance Parties. CHECK.