Christmas Prep Take Two!

ten days!!!

Who’s excited? Who’s with me? Woohoo, Christmas time is here!

I’m DONE with my Christmas shopping. I’m DONE mailing out packages. And I’m almost done with Christmas cards. It feels so great to knock stuff off that to do list, doesn’t it?

I’m not done yet, though. I still need to do the following:

· Christmas newsletter
· finish wrapping presents
· clean the apartment (of course)
· shop for foods

I’ve been having a pretty decent week. The tiredness finally started to leave me Tuesday morning (just in time for yoga with Mia Park!) but that didn’t stop me from venturing out on Monday to visit and have lunch with former co-workers.

Venturing Out
on my way

After lunch, I headed to State Street to do some Christmas shopping and Christmas fangirling. I went to Macy’s (I know that hardcore Chicagoans refuse to acknowledge this store as anything but Marshall Field’s, but I’m afraid that’s before my time–it’s always been Macy’s to me) because I had to see the windows and also the big tree in the Walnut Room. They put one up every year.

Macy's Tree 2011
beautiful tree

Macy’s. WOW. That store really dresses up for Christmas. I love it. I went to Bloomingdale’s a while back and they have one little Christmas section. Macy’s is all Christmas all the time and it’s beautiful.

Decorations in Macy's
just a tiny fraction of the decorations in that store

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store windows

I spent yesterday working on Christmas cards, and today I wrapped presents, packaged them up, and made the trek to the post office. The APC was down, so the line was super long. My postal clerk was a sweetheart, though. An hour at home, then I ventured out again to shop with my friend Missy. I controlled myself. Sort of. In all fairness, the stuff I did buy was for other people (stocking stuffers) except for the soap I got from Anthropologie, and the cupcake from Magnolia Bakery because HELLO, it’s National Cupcake Day and how would I look, not buying a cupcake on National Cupcake Day when they are RIGHT THERE? Huh? So yeah. I had to do that. And I DIDN’T let Missy talk me into the beautiful pink sweater that was on sale because I have enough clothing.

I did talk HER into this pic with me, though:

Me and Missy

Then I talked her into this photo because she’s pretty and she’s a ginger.

My Friend Missy

I know I do my fair share of complaining about Chicago (their newest stunt is giving people parking tickets randomly just because they can–oh wait THAT’S NOT NEW), but I love this city at Christmas. Downtown is gorgeous with all the lights and decorations, and this year it’s warm enough to be out and about and enjoy it all. I loved walking down State Street with Missy and seeing the decorations and the windows and listening to the bell ringers, and then sitting and chatting by the big tree in Daley Plaza.

Daley Plaza Tree
the tree at Daley Plaza and Chriskindlmarket.
It’s definitely not their most robust,
but it’s there and it’s lovely.

‘Til next time! :)

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13 thoughts on “Christmas Prep Take Two!

  1. Lila says:

    So beautiful – the Macy's in our neck of the woods is a miserly little thing, a few decorations, no Christmas shop at all. What's up with that? Enjoyed your newsy post and will be back. So glad I found you on SITS! xxoo
    My recent post Beautiful Baby Boy

    • Ronni says:

      Oh YAY Lila! So glad you enjoyed my site and will come back! I'm looking forward to it.

      That's too bad about your Macy's. The one here is crazy. They have this "Holiday Lane" that's just… this lane of decorations and trees and music. That's just on one floor. Then there's the floor with the Santaland. And the toys. And the stations to write and mail letters to Santa. SO MUCH. It's awesome and crazy and wonderful. I should go back and take more pictures!
      My recent post Christmas Prep Take Two!

  2. Mommy Bags says:

    Yep the Macy's were we live is Xmased out yo…so many lights tress ice rink in front of store – awesome. I am actually all done except for some last minute stocking stuffers. I am ahead of the game this year. Now all I need to so is plan the menu

    • Ronni says:

      Planning the menu is fun, though! I think we're going to do our shopping on Monday. It's the day before my mom and Aidan get into town, and it's close enough to Christmas that the stuff should be OK. Plus, the turkey needs a few days to thaw.

      Any idea what you're going to have yet?
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  3. Allison W. says:

    Thank you for visiting my site! I love big hair! Just from reading your little side-bar bio I want you to be my new BFF. And, my daughter is a ginger, and I aspire to be one (thanks Miss Clairol!). And I've finished one novel and have two almost finished. And…and…and…
    Chicago looks beautiful, I would love to go there one day.

    • Ronni says:

      YAY! Let's be friends!! :D

      Come visit Chicago, but not in the winter (unless it's December)! It's lovely here in December (as long as it's not too cold) with all the decorations and everything. But Jan-April, and often even May, it just sucks here. Cold and grey and gross.

  4. Jamie says:

    So, I'm at my mom's house trying to use her computer and for some reason it isn't letting me comment!

    I finally got through so I'm going to leave my comments to various posts on this one!

    1. Let it snow is by far the worst song…..because snow is cold and I don't want it near me or in my shoes (I like fires and lodges, though!)- so I totally agree

    2.The pictures on this post are gorgeous! They are giving Beverly HIlls a run for their money. That tree is spectacular! It looks gigantic!

    3. love that knit headband you're wearing! I want one!

    • Ronni says:

      Yikes! I am so sorry, Jamie! Sometimes Intense Debate flips out on me, but I went in and played with it a bit and hopefully it won't give you any more problems. Thank you for being so persistant. <3

      1. THANK YOU. So glad you agree! It has nothing to do with Christmas, and it just invokes terrible weather. Why would anyone want to do that?
      2. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures! :)
      3. I got the headband from an indie shoe shop in a suburb of Chicago a few years ago. More and more girls are wearing them, so if I find one, I'll be sure to pick one up for you. :)

      Again, I hope my site behaves again for you. I also found some stuff in my spam queue that wasn't spam! Intense Debate, you need to shape up!


      Enjoy your mom's!
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  5. Kristina Springer says:

    How do you pull off the cute headband and it looks adorable on you and when I put one on I look crazy? My hair went wild everywhere and people were like no, put it back down on the shelf, lol.

    p.s.- hope to see you guys at something soon!

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