Flashback Friday: Winter Holidays 2011

Hello darlings! It’s that time of the week again…Flashback Friday! Today’s flashback takes us back about 4 months in time to December. Let’s go!


If I were to sum up Winter 2011 in one word it would be calm. I was no longer working and as a result I spent the majority of my time lounging around at home. I guess technically I was on winter break!

My days consisted of watching movies, pampering myself, shopping, reading, and cooking. Yup, laziness to.the.extreme.

I also insisted that we set up a Christmas tree and it must be a live one. I was just so excited to finally be back at home to celebrate December (school typically consumed the majority of the month). The last time we had a Christmas tree set up was probably about 4 or 5 years ago! Horrible! Here’s the thing though- many Russian people do not celebrate Christmas. New Year’s is usually the time we celebrate and exchange gifts.

Succumbing to my demands, my parents bought a miniature tree about my height, and while they were at work I spent many hours decorating it.

Our old and dusty decorations finally saw the glorious wintery sunshine.

Onto the tree they went:


I had some mishaps during the decorating process though… three times!

How I suddenly became so clumsy, I will never know. I also had a little helper watching over my every move. Just look at the judgement in her eyes!

The end result was beautiful. For the entire month of December and part of January, one of my favorite things to do was to sit by the aromatic tree and take in all the lights and colors.

Pure happiness

And thus concludes my brief recap of my “winter break.” Every season comes with it’s own unique traditions and joys. Part of the reason why I love Chicago as much as I do is because of its 4 seasons. As much as I would like to live in a consistently warm climate, the changes and sensations that come with every month are truly incredible.

♥ Irina