It used to be all about the presents.
The weeks and days leading up to “the big day” would be almost unbearable. We could hardly keep ourselves from sneaking into the room where our parents kept the presents neatly wrapped and packed away in bags, only to squeeze sneak a peek at the labels and squeeze the ones with our names on them — to then try to guess what was hiding behind the layers of multicolor christmas pattern paper and gold ribbon.

Things have changed since then.
While gifts are always fun, to receive — and most of all, to give — they are far from the focus anymore, and have had to give way to the real star of the holidays season; The stuff that makes us dream and even drool in anticipation, the stuff that you’ll plan for weeks and work on for days, the stuff that brings us together and creates memories for years to come. We’re talking about the chow, the grubs, the nosh, the eats — the f-o-o-d!

What it’s all about.
But food is so much more than something to merely fill our bellies and satisfy our taste buds. And while that is also an important part of it all, it’s really all about the ritual around the food, the togetherness and the merriment it brings. It’s about putting time, care and consideration, into picking out your flowers for the table or crafting your own nifty decor from pine cones found in your back yard. It’s unwrapping a loaf of warm bread from your local baker, and dusting off your grandma’s recipe for gravy or home made caramel sauce. It’s lighting the candles or your fire place, making your own place cards for your carefully set table, while putting on a your favorite record.

Keeping it simple!
We always strive to do this the SemiDomesticated way, which means doing more with less, reusing and repurposing wherever possible, keeping it simple and stress free. The mood this week illustrates the kind of things we’re looking forward to this holiday, and we’re counting the days — not until we can unwrap those gifts — but until we can wrap up all of our freelance work for the year, kick back and let the merriment begin!

We could hardly keep ourselves from sneaking into the room where our parents kept the presents neatly wrapped and packed away in bags, only to squeeze sneak a peek at the labels and squeeze the ones with our names on them

It’s really all about the ritual around the food, the togetherness and the merriment it brings. It’s about putting time, care and consideration, into picking out your flowers for the table or crafting your own nifty decor from pine cones found in your back yard.

We always strive to do this the SemiDomesticated way, which means doing more with less, reusing and repurposing wherever possible, keeping it simple and stress free.

Images (from the top, left to right): Boots & wool socks, Wall collage, Cake & mini tree, Pine cones garland, Red berry branch, Black & red table setting, Coffee and maple panettone cake, Caramel sauce, Table setting with menu, Dinner table with log seat, Soft gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries Rosemary twig place cards, Dinner table cheers, Wool socks by the fire.