The calmness that comes over me as I fill my home with Christmas is hard for me to describe. So many people find the holiday season stressful, but for me, it is the complete opposite. I love to gather friends and family to my Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia home, all through the month of December to share my love for this time of year. I love pulling out gathered treasures collected over the years and unveiled just once a year, each one so special to me. I love the music, and the smell of greens and the crackling fires. The twinkling lights and the candles create such a peaceful atmosphere. My love for baking and cooking reemerges with a vengeance in anticipation of many visitors. My children have grown up loving every detail along with me, and nothing makes me happier than how much they appreciate all that I do. People ask me all the time how they can create a perfect gathering themselves. My answer is always the same; if the host of the party is relaxed and enjoying the party, everyone else will as well! If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you good tidings of great joy! If you celebrate something else, may it be all your heart desires!
Thank you to Julia Lehman for taking most of these photos. Your work is perfect!