Earlier tonight I was out in the country celebrating Christmas with my family before heading our separate ways for the holiday. The evening was rich with old traditions of soup and sweet tea, cookies and gifts, and matching pajamas for the little ones. My two and a half year old nieces displayed their excitement by chasing each other around the house and eagerly trying to tear into all the gifts. Meanwhile Eden sat quietly observing and learning the oddities of her family and the richness of the holiday.

My very favorite gift I return home with was this picture, blown up and framed, of my beautiful daughter:


All I need for Christmas is that smile.

I will be taking the next few days off to enjoy time with my in-laws, but don’t worry I am not leaving you empty handed. I have compiled a Christmas cake, cookie, and candy Round-up for all that last minute baking. I hope you all have a very wonderful Christmas with friends and family and I’ll be back before the end of the year.