Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Traditions: A Very Merry Book Club

We all have our holiday traditions - from the type of tree we bring home to what kind cookies we leave for Santa on Christmas Eve. December flies by so fast - I think traditions serve as a way to stop time, if only for a moment, and help us recall the best of the season from the rest of the blur once it's all past. I recently read that new traditions are to be treasured as much as old ones, a sentiment that I just love.

One of my favorite traditions has to be our Holiday Book Club. Take nine chic girls, add a cocktail or two, start with a spirited gift swap, and merriment - not to mention a bit of healthy competition - is bound to ensue.

The rules? Give something you'd want to receive yourself. Stealing is encouraged.

After the wrapping paper and ribbon has settled, it's time for a feast, which is bound to be beautiful, especially with friends Dana and Pam co-hosting. On the menu this year? Kobe beef burgers with caramelized onions and brie. Yum! (Discussing the book selection - this time The Circle - is optional.)

Cheers, girls! Here's to next year.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?


  1. Wow! That is so fantastic! It looks like a wonderful evening was had by all. In France, our traditions are all about food and champagne. :)

  2. What a wonderful tradition! And your tree and table look beautiful!! Wishing you a very happy holiday!

    1. Thanks, Stacy! I can't take credit for the tree and table, though. That is all my super-talented friend, Dana. Happy Holidays to you, as well!

  3. That is a book club I would love to join!! What a fantastic tradition to look forward to every year!

    I just read your comment on Pretty Pink Tulips about your shopping day in downtown Seattle - it sounds like a perfect day and another wonderful tradition.

    Have a lovely day, Jeanne...xoxo

  4. Hi Jeanne,
    I'm so glad I stopped by today:) I'm hosting our neighborhood bunco holiday party (we have a book club too;) tomorrow. I have lots to do with my work schedule so I started cooking yesterday. We also do the gift exchange and it is so entertaining. Looks like a wonderful group of friends:) and everyone is having lots of fun. I agree.. the new traditions are fun too!

  5. Looks like so much fun, Jeanne! I have to come back and pour over the pictures.

  6. stealing this idea, brilliant! I want someone to give ME those doors in the first photo, gorgeous

  7. That looks like the funnest Book Club party I have ever seen! Love that idea of gift giving too!

  8. what a festive fun bunch!

    for us, baking cookies, a fancy xmas eve dinner cooked by me, attending church, and a gag gift exchange (so much FUN!).



  9. Great book club, Jeanne. That table looked pretty darn good (and some of the presents did too!) Forget diamonds. Girlfriends are a girl's [true] best friends! :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  10. How fun and what a beautiful tree and table! I love Christmas traditions and we do a Christmas Eve dinner every year for our family (just the 17 of us)! and my parents do Christmas's wonderful!!



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