happy friday, friends–we’ve made it: to the end of the week, to the start of the weekend, to the beginning of a new month, to the last 31 days of the year. crazy, no?
after a not-that-great thanksgiving weekend, i mentioned on monday that i came home and promptly started nesting, which means i’m already pretty well-ensconced in the christmas spirit. i’ve got my cookie menu almost all planned out (expect a slew of baked! posts soon), my gifts (most of which are homemade, all of which come from local and/or small business) ready to go and my house decked out with a bit of sparkle (like that sweet gold snowflake, above).
what are your plans for the weekend? i’m making a trip to ikea tomorrow, i think, plus i’ve got after-work plans tonight that include some of my favorite faces, so all of that will be fun.
and i’m trying really hard to focus on the spirit of the season instead of the blatant materialism that i see going on right now. don’t get me wrong: i will always enjoy reading gift guides, i love shopping and i’m drawn to pretty, sparkly trinkets just as much as, if not moreso, than the next girl. but i find myself slipping into a crazed “buy! buy! buy!” mindset too easily around this time of year, so i’m making a conscious effort to step back and remember that what’s most important is spending time with the people that you love. it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
happy weekend, everyone.