The season of merriment is upon us! I find I enjoy it so much more if I get things done early, so I can actually slow down and savor things.
Things I'm looking forward to:
  • hanging my silver sleigh bells on the chandelier
  • setting up a cocoa station
  • watching holiday movies
  • decorating the tree and house
  • going into NYC for holiday dinners and shopping
I hope that you are able to slow down and enjoy whatever makes this holiday season special for you!
What you are falling for this season?!
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"If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love, actually, is all around."
~ Hugh Grant 
 in Love, Actually

This Month in the Garden
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The garden has been put to bed until Spring. The fountain gets dismantled and stored, so that we can put a lit Christmas tree in its place. This adds some light and sparkle during those cold, dark months.
The front pots are filled with greens, magnolia leaves, red berries and  birth logs. Some years they are filled with small Christmas trees, but I found that as winter drags on, I like having something in the pots that feels more “winter” and less “holiday”
The window boxes are dressed to match, so that it is a cohesive story. These will last us until March or April, depending on the weather. 
The one place I make an exception, however, is for the large urn on the side of the house. This usually contains a mini lit Christmas tree, complete with ornaments!
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Holidays in New York City
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Holiday Favorites in NYC
Holiday “Champagne” Tea at Baccarat 
Seeing the Baroque Creche at The Met
Visiting the Rockefeller Center tree and watching the skaters
Visiting the 7th floor at Bergdorf's and lunch at BG
Seeing the trees that line Park Ave
Visiting John Derian's magical shop 
Walking along 5th Ave and seeing the shop windows
Attending The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center
Listening to Chris Botti play trumpet at The Blue Note
Dinner and cabaret at The Carlyle Cafe


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Let it Snow!
There are winter wonderlands…and then there is Aspen!
It is our family's favorite place for a ski vacation. With several different mountains, there is one for every level of skier. And, if skiing isn't your thing, there is a lot for you, too. 
I like that it is an actual town, with fantastic restaurants and lots of personality. It can be an little “extra”, but I think that's what makes it so special. 
Below you'll find my guide to this magical mountain town.
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Aspen Guide
Hotel Jerome
Little Nell
Ajax Tavern - trendy, lively
Bosc - fine dining, beautiful presentation
Clark's Oyster Bar-seafood, happening
Element 47 - sophisticated, upscale
French Alpine Bistro - charming
Las Montaras - tex mex, lively
Steakhouse No 316 - upscale, elegant
The Living Room at Hotel Jerome - happening, stylish
Venga Venga - Snowmass base, Mexican
Apres at Ajax Tavern
Buy cowboy boots at Miron Crosby
Gallery hop for art
Party at Cloud 9 (the 2nd seating is  fun!)
Peruse books at Explore Booksellers
Ski your choice of mountains
Snowshoe for a workout
Take a sleigh to Pine Creek Cookhouse (dress warmly)
Yoga at 02

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LivE Give Entertain
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!
Until 2024…. xxElizabeth