SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 25

Greetings and thanks so much for stopping in to Sundays With Celia Vol 25. This post is a week overdue, as I failed to bring you Sundays With Celia last week. As you can imagine, life got in the way during this super busy time of year. Between doing the last of my Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, planning holiday meals and hosting 2 dinner parties, I just couldn’t find time to sit down at my computer.

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Looking Back on Sunday

One of the 2 holiday dinner parties I hosted last week was for my Comfort Food Group. Be sure to check out my post entitled, “How To Host A Casual Comfort Food Dinner” for lots of comforting tips, a comfort food menu and a great party favor too.

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Later in the week I posted a tutorial on How To Make Homemade Peppermint Bark. Everyone loves this special holiday treat but it tends to be very expensive. Instead, you can make your own Peppermint Bark without a lot of effort and expense by following my tutorial. They make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts, party favors and stocking stuffers.

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Tales of the White House On Sunday

Last week the good folks over at FamousDC (my son’s firm) brought us a video interview with White House Reporter Kate Andersen Brower. She’s the author of two bestselling books, both of which I’ve ordered as Christmas gifts to myself because I’ll admit it, I’m fascinated by all things regarding the White House.

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To quote Famous DC, ” These two books take a close look into the private lives of America’s most public family – the First Family. Kate shares with us stories she’s heard along the way – from butlers and groundskeepers to kitchen staff and close confidants, the inside scoops on former Commander in Chiefs and their wives might vary, but the insight they provide is nothing short of entertaining.”

Watch this entertaining video to learn more…

Getting Ready For Christmas On Sunday

It’s gift wrapping central around my house these days.

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Santa brings the red & green gifts for the grandbabies and the gold gifts are for the grownups. Think about it, why would Santa have the same wrapping paper & ribbon that Grandma does? If you’d like more of my helpful tips on how to wrap a beautiful gift click here, and how to make a bow, click here.

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This year I didn’t find many gift tags I liked in the usual stores I frequent. So when I ran out of gift tags I was delighted to find a compilation of free printable Christmas gift tags over on a favorite blog, The Inspired Room. There, Melissa has assembled links to 20 different resources for print-yourself gift tags in every color and style, so there’s something to match every gift wrap & ribbon. Click on the image below to go to the guide. Happy gift wrapping…

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Beautiful Music On Sunday

Did you know that the world famous opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has a singing granddaughter? Meet the then 11-year-old Maria Krachun, granddaughter of the late Luciano Pavarotti who takes a shot at her grandfather’s famous ballad “Caruso”, in a video recorded back in 1979. Who knew? Take a listen…

What I’m Watching on Sunday

This time of year there’s usually a bonanza of new films hitting the theater just in time for Christmas. My family likes to go to the movies together over the holidays and this year there are several good looking films I’m very anxious to see. And speaking of The White House…

Jackie – Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

Manchester By The Sea looks like a heartwarming film about an uncle who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

La La Land – The Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone movie tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

Well, here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season. I know you’re crazy busy like me but do try to relax a bit today if you can. We all need to find time to enjoy the season. Have a great day and do stop by next week when I’ll be taking you on a tour of my home at Christmas, I’ll be sharing my Christmas table setting ideas, and we’ll be visiting the beautiful Longwood Gardens. Have a great week!

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 25

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Comments

  • Hi Celia,
    Merry Christmas! I think you meant to say Melissa at The Inspired Room for the free printable gift tags. I found a couple she posted to use. It’s nice to have that option. Your gifts look lovely.
    xo,
    Karen

  • Dear Karen, thanks so much for bringing my little mistake to my attention. I fixed it!! So appreciate you letting me know. Merry Christmas to you too!! XO

  • You amaze me…not sure how you manage to get so much done and pull it off so effortlessly! The books are intriguing. I might have to read one and start a virtual book club with you. Lol. But seriously, it’s a great excuse (not that I need one) to cozy up by a fire and enjoy a cup of tea and a good read.

  • Well Vanessa, you sound like one of the busiest women out there yourself. I am lucky I get to do all the things I love so it’s a pleasure. Between girlfriends we know however, that it is never as easy as it seems. Good luck with all you do this busy time of year. And, yes, do find time to spend with a good book by the fire with a cup of tea. XO