i gotta admit, the 2012 holiday season was good to me. while i love christmas, i would think most people love this time of the year. everything slows down, work is quiet, and it's ok to have just *one* more cookie.
i kicked off my christmas celebration by heading home to virginia for a few days, where i hung out with my parents, visited brian's family and enjoyed the twinkling christmas lights that cut through the dark country nights. my whole family headed back to new york on christmas eve to visit, and my sister stayed with me in my tiny studio apartment for four whole nights where we had nary a fight. it was truly a christmas miracle - thanks baby jesus! we went to our favorite italian restaurant, church on christmas morning and ate the same quiche as last year along with some babka and rugelach from a local jewish bakery that stays open on christmas - thanks for the diversity new york! we closed out christmas day on long island as we always do, filled with family and lots (and lots) of food.
we had a few quiet days leading up to new year's, including brian and i sharing dinner at his apartment where we sat in new chairs that only took us three months of arguing to buy. truly, truly grand - thanks overstock.com!
and finally, new year's, in which we ladies curled our hair, wore our tightest dresses and affixed our longest fake eyelashes as is required by the holiday's standards. we hosted a low-key gathering at my apartment followed by ringing in the new year at a local wine bar that wasn't too crowded, sabered a few champagne bottles for the crowd and gave us matching fake tattoos as we welcomed 2013 into our lives. it was a pretty darn perfect NYE. who knows - maybe that means we'll have a pretty darn perfect 2013, too.