Merry Christmas to All

By Kate Riley December 23, 2021

It’s Christmas Eve Eve! Time for me to finish wrapping the last of the presents and celebrate! I’ve got a light menu planned during the day since we’re going out to eat on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be driving around looking at Christmas lights and popping in to see a few friends.


I’m feeling extra nostalgic because this is likely the last Christmas we will celebrate in this house. We’ve raised the family here but now we’re ready to move on. My daughter is off to college next year and my family will be looking for a fresh start.

This has been our home for twenty years so it’s bittersweet to be celebrating the season one last time in this space.

I want to say thank you to all of you who visit this blog and remain regular subscribers. You inspire me to keep writing and creating and I’m so grateful for all of you. Even though we’ve never met, you are all very special to me. I appreciate the comments and the encouraging words you share.

For those who celebrate, I wish you the merriest Christmas with your family and friends. I’ll be taking a few days off but I’ll be back next week with a roundup of lessons learned from 2021, it was an interesting year for sure!

Sending much love and feeling so much gratitude for all of you.



  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well! We have moved a lot so I can understand the time to move on when it comes. May you and your family find just the right place for your next home. I am sure it will be lovely, too.

  2. Kate, I’ve enjoyed your blog for years. Thank you for all the inspiration! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy!

  3. Kate – Thank you so much for such a bright spot to land on. I love your blog, it was the first I ever subscribed to. You have brought so much joy to me. Wishing you the merriest Christmas and a fabulous 2022. Much happiness to you always, Gigi

    • So kind Gigi! I appreciate this so much! Thank you for your continued support and Happy New Year to you!

  4. Merry Christmas, Kate! I read each and every post, and I appreciate all of the effort you put into them. I have found so much inspiration, and I am grateful for this happy, bright spot in my day when I open your posts. Best wishes for a great 2022! Thank you!

    • Wow so kind Tracey, I appreciate that so much!
      Thank you for your kindness and your continued support!

  5. Merry Christmas! Thank you for continuing your blog and I have read it for many years. Love your handmade tassels on the tree this year!

  6. Merry Christmas, Kate! We unknowingly spent our last Christmas in our Chicago home last year, put our home on the market on a whim and sold in three days this October. Spent our first Christmas on the white sand beaches of Naples, Florida! I am not freezing cold and it feels weird, cheers to new beginnings. Best-Alissa

    • Haha I’m a little envious of that beach Christmas! I was in Naples earlier this year so I know how special it is!
      Life is an adventure for sure!

  7. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I can’t believe you’ll be moving! I’ve been with you since the beginning and where did the time go. I feel like you just moved in a few years ago!

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