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Christmas is coming. Funny how it makes you think of things. I was thinking about how my dad always saved all of his Christmas shopping for Christmas Eve day. I'd go with him to the Oak Park mall. We called it the mall then — it was a pedestrian mall where Lake Street used to be and now is again. In those days the street was closed and it was all pedestrian. When we were done we'd go to one of the two old-fashioned-type restaurants on the mall. I wish I could remember what they were called. One was on the corner, across from the bank. And the other one was a few doors down from the theater. They were both the types of places that served club sandwiches and Crab Louie and milkshakes in those tall glasses with the rest of it given to you in the big metal tumbler. At home my dad would burn frankincense and myrrh and cedar cones, and our relatives would come for Christmas Eve evening, or we'd go to my aunt and uncle's, or my grandparents', or my cousins' in Chicago. It was fun. It would snow, or there would be snow. It would surely be freezing. We'd be tired on the way home, and fall asleep uncomfortably in the car, then not want to get out. I miss those days. Christmas makes you remember things.

Here at home, Mimi and I are lazy and warm. Andy's just finishing up his stretch of work then he is gloriously off for a few days. My family is coming here for Christmas Eve and I'm going to make lasagna with my mom's sauce and another yule log. My sister Susie is going to sleep over and make sticky buns for Christmas breakfast. Mimi and I have been eating rice pudding (just make some jasmine rice, then keep adding milk to it along with a cinnamon stick and some cardamom and cook it on low for . . . quite a while, actually — it will keep absorbing the milk and get thick and yummy; serve with cinnamon sugar and a bit of butter and more milk). We're going to bake chocolate sandwich cookies with peppermint frosting today. It's kind of ridiculous, how decadent all this is. We should eat raw vegetables for dinner. Likely, once again, we'll have ham sandwiches on waffles with mustard. Christmas.

I probably will be too busy then idle to come back here before Christmas, and, likely, you will be busy with your holidays, too. Thank you for all of your kindness here throughout this past year, and many past years. I wish you ever so much peace and love and light this season of celebrations and slowing. Slow days, laughter (and mania) of children, friendship, fellowship, family, lots of movies, good food, snuggly animals, and lots of love. I wish you all of that from all of us here. XOXO

With love,
Alicia, Andy, Amelia, Clover Meadow, and Bridget Paulson

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Merry Christmas to you and your family! I wish you lots of warm and cozy and peaceful days this holiday season and the coming New Year. I love the picture of the church and the angels. It's beautiful!

Love and Joy... ah, it seems my thoughts come out in carol lyrics, and no wonder, when reading another of your inspiring and heartwarming posts. I feel like caroling, like the stars must be brightly shining. You give us a winter wonderland. Merry Christmas, Paulsons~

Wishing a wonderful Christmas with peace and light and happiness to you and yours. CJ xx

Merry Merry Christmas to you!

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration all year long.

Merry Christmas Alicia! Ah, the veggies can wait, right?! Nothing like the holidays for indulging in those special meals. It's a blessing to be able to do it. :-) Enjoy!

{ Myself, I'm not waiting for Lent -- I'm going on a sugar fast immediately after the Feast of the Epiphany! But until breakfast on January 7th -- bring the treats! :-) }

Merry Christmas! Your photos are the best as usual. Love checking out your posts as a way to just CALM DOWN. Thank you.

Merry Christmas, dear Paulson family! Love and light to all of you!

I had to laugh when reading about the restaurants on Lake Street. My husband and I went to OPRF. We recently ate at Cozy Corner. The food is still great especially the soup. I think the other restaurant you are referring to is Seneca's which was by the Lake Theater. That restaurant is gone. You are a lot younger than I am so maybe you had different restaurants.

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Merry Christmas from Salt Lake City! I look forward to your posts every week--I have loved your blog for a long time. My little boy is five too and having a five-year-old at Christmas is so much fun, isn't it?

Thank you for sharing your writing, photos, and patterns. Whenever I have a quiet moment, I work on my "First Snow" cross-stitch. I love it. Have a wonderful holiday!

Donna Leach says: December 22, 2017 at 02:36 PM

I look forward to and enjoy your "company" every week and thank you for a glimpse into your life. I have a five year old grandson who makes everything exciting for us as well. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Have never commented on one of your posts but have been an avid reader for a long, long time. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a most joyous new year.

Amelia's amazing hairline . . . that sprinkling of freckles across her nose. Such perfect natural beauty! Thank you for all of your sharing this year. It's made the world a little lovelier.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thanks for being a light in the darkness this year.

Lovely photos. My favourite is the one of Amelia casually draped between sofa and ottoman. The Bûche de noël looks good. I wish you all much Christmas happiness, kindness and love. And I thank all you Paulsons, big and small, for your generosity in sharing with us over the year xxxxx

I thought I was admiring another view of your new dolly when I realized it was Mimi modeling her new hat and mittens! And it looks like she will be the lucky recipient of another beautiful Fair Isle cardigan. I also loved the refreshing honesty of "too busy then idle." Few seem willing to admit to engaging in what Chesterton called "the great work of Doing Nothing." Thank you for another delightful year. Happy Emperor's birthday from Japan and Merry Christmas!

Joan Lesmeister says: December 22, 2017 at 06:07 PM

Really beautiful, all your pictures and lovely words! Thank you for thinking of us!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

wishing you so much laughter and light and love and s l o w n e s s over the holidays. what glorious memories you shared, what delightful memories you are making for your sweet family. merry christmas.

Merry Christmas to all of you! And thank you, Alicia, for the joy you bring to my life. Your posts bring coziness and contentment, and I wish those back to you tenfold.

Thank you for a wonderful years of sharing your posts and all the wonderful hand-work you create. Have a wonderful Christmas.
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Merry Christmas, Paulsons! I hope it's a wondrous holiday for all of you.

Elizabeth H says: December 22, 2017 at 10:29 PM

Merry Christmas to all the Paulsons! Thank you so much for the beautiful blog, Alicia. May your Christmas and New Year be blessed!

It sounds like a wonderful Christmas with your family. Mimi is at the perfect age to enjoy it and have such memories. I enjoyed all your wonderful photos!

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To you and your family, from Dayle and me!

And to you sweet Alicia and your family (both two legged and four). My family and I send heartfelt Christmas wishes and also a peaceful and joyful New Year. Happy Christmas!

PS. Thank you for your thoughtful, insightful & ever giving blog posts these many years. I pray they continue far into the future for all to enjoy.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.