Los Angeles is nothing if not ridiculous. This tree is the one at The Grove shopping mall near my old apartment. When they light that sucker up there is no shortage of ambiance... frequently they turn on the fake snow machine as well.
Funny things this year. My family on the east coast is leaving several feet of snow in Baltimore to come here. We always wanted a white Christmas, but now we will just have to watch it on tv.
I am still shocked that it is almost Christmas. I've spent the last few days handing out gifts, all the while still feeling like it's April or March even.
I do like the energy of the end of one year and the beginning of the next, though. New fresh willpower, intention to exercise, eat well, do more cultural things, and get out into the world.
I am going to celebrate this holiday by doing nearly nothing from the list. I will bring Madame Bovary and hopefully read through that, but other than that, a girl needs a week totally free of ambition and getting things done.
Family time and lying around on the floor. And watching dumb movies with my family.
I hope you have the time and space to do the same.
Have a favorite recipe or tradition? Anything you hope to accomplish in 2010? Start putting it out there!
Share what you've got below. Will post on Emma Bovary's exploits from Santa Barbara, where I'll be setting up shop and shooting some video with my brother's help.
Enjoy the last of this year! There will never be another 2009. For many of us, that is a sigh of relief, but there is still time to make the last bit wonderful.
Let's all give it the old college try.
Many hugs from LA.