The first Christmas in the new house is in the books! We found our Christmas tree and most of our decorations and everything.
This was a crazy month (although I’m pretty sure I say that every month) but we made time for our fun family traditions. We made gingerbread houses and went to look at the holiday train display and drove circles around town looking at Christmas lights.
We had a wonderful Christmas (which means happy kids and minimal meltdowns) and then a mellow week at home. The past few days we’ve spent a lot of time looking back and making plans for the year to come. I like this time of year.
What I’m watching
Sarah and I also watched Little Women together, which was even better than I remembered. Weeping over Beth’s scene counts as mother-daughter bonding, right?
In my ears
Besides lots of Christmas music, that is. I’ve been listening to some great podcasts this month:
• Brian Koppelman interviews Seth Godin on The Moment podcast. “I haven’t read an Amazon review in 3 years,” and lots of other great insights from one of today’s leading creative thinkers.
• The StartUp podcast: “a series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one.”
• Austin Kleon on Reading Lives discusses the serendipity of the bookstore, the internet as a giant refrigerator, and growing up with a mom who said you can do anything and a dad who said prove it. Warning: this is not a structured conversation.
I also just finished listening to The Miniaturist on Audible. I’d heard great things, but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. If I had it to do over again, I’d spend my 13 hours elsewhere—although Davina Porter’s narration, as always, was superb.
What I’m reading
Sarah and I blitzed through The Mother Daughter Book Club series this month. We both thoroughly enjoyed all six and are now eagerly awaiting Book #7, which is to be released sometime in 2015. Sarah finished book 6 and promptly started the series over again.
I have some fun reading posts planned for the weeks ahead. Readers, stay tuned!
On the blog
The life-changing magic of tidying up. Here’s a post for your New Year’s resolutions.
How rare is a great marriage? A wonderful conversation, inspired by Outlander. (Really.)
Great reads for your Christmas vacation. For those of you who are on break till next Monday.
Books for self-gifting. Or, how I’m dreaming of spending that Amazon gift card I got for Christmas.
Best of the web
Library lust: 7 beautiful U.S. libraries. This post makes me want to go to Cleveland. And curse myself for not visiting the libraries in Seattle and Chicago when I was there!
When Paris met Rory: TV’s last great teenage-girl friendship. “Gilmore Girls allowed Paris and Rory’s friendship to matter. It featured prominently in Rory’s story, even as she veered from boyfriend to boyfriend, school to school.”
10 awesome perks of getting married really young. “I was off the market by 20 years old. All of our baggage is checked together.”
How to read more. Step 1: throw your phone in the ocean.
What were you into in December?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.