Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed safe and happy holidays. I meant to publish this post before Christmas rolled around, but spending some much needed downtime with my family and friends took priority these past couple weeks. So I started writing this somewhere in the middle of the California desert as we road-tripped to L.A. for a mini Christmas adventure, and I’m finishing it on New Year’s Day in a cozy apartment with my roommates, ready to kick off the new year with a fresh start. There are many things I could write about during this time of year; I could tell you about my family Christmas traditions (like the old German tradition of hiding a pickle in the Christmas tree – ask me about it sometime,) I could reflect on the highs and lows of 2016, I could share my excitement for all of the things to look forward to in 2017… But I think that all I want to write about is how grateful I am for the people that were in my life this past year. They are the ones who made me laugh and cry, the ones who encouraged me, the ones who helped me, the ones who challenged me, and the ones who rounded out my memories with greater fullness than I would ever be able to create on my own. A couple years ago on my one year anniversary of living in Boston, I expressed my thanks by saying “Thanks to all of you who got me here, and thank you to all of you who are keeping me here,” and I think I could repeat that with even greater depth than I did the first time. Not only is it true in terms of location, but now it is also true in terms of passion. So many of you expressed nothing but joyous encouragement when I started pursuing floral design, and now that this baby business is starting to grow, you are demonstrating your support by asking me to design flowers for your weddings, bridal showers, etc. and I am so humbled and grateful! 2017 is going to be a wonderful year, and I can’t wait for it to start with all of you by my side!
Last year for Christmas, I convinced my roommates to get decked out in Christmas crowns for the blog, and I tried my hand at wreath making. This year, I invited some of my sweet friends over to make wreaths together. By the time the festive evening rolled around, the event had become a Christmas party, pajama party, and wreath making party all mixed into one. We had a fun and hilarious evening, and it was a much more enjoyable way to spend the 2 +/- hours it takes to make a wreath.
I also tried a new project with the leftover greens – a kissing ball! A similar concept to mistletoe, this kissing ball was fun to construct although a bit more challenging to hang (it survived being dropped a couple times – oops!).
It was a wonderful last hurrah with the girls before we all left for our vacations, and the wreath on our front door was a welcoming site after I finally made it home from a red eye flight early yesterday morning. So please enjoy these last festive creations from 2016, and just you wait for all of the beauty that is going to flood this blog in 2017! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones – may this season usher in a year of hope, peace, and joy for us all!
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