The Nutcracker. We got to see The Nutcracker in Brooklyn at BAM by the American Ballet Theatre. We loved it! We got "partial view" tickets near the front for a very cheap price. I totally recommend those seats! You won't miss much at all. And you'll get a close-up view of the cutest little mouse that won the audience over.
Satsumas! This is a Christmas tradition we love. We can't get enough of them. We've been replenishing bowls of these for a couple of weeks.
Salsa Party. In lieu of a larger party, we invited a few friends on our block and around the corner for a salsa tasting. Danny made his amazing salsas (from this book, of course!), our friends made some really good salsas, too, and we served Mexican hot chocolate. If I had been getting fancy, I would have served tamales, too. But keeping it simple was just fine by me.
Our friends brought us these awesome hand-made mugs and a box of Mayordomo Chocolate, Bebida Tradicional Oaxaquena (legit Mexican drinking chocolate.)
How cute is my friend's bow? I totally need to try that. :)
Always love the after party with Danny. (Yes, it did include some guitar playing :)
Winter white, anyone? I'm such a sucker for wearing white in the winter.
Gorgeous invitations designed by Linsey Laidlaw.
Each person brings tapas and we have the best selection (so many of our friends are foodies!) Danny and I brought these Korean Pork Tacos with Cucumber Salad. They were so good!!
Everyone loved them. (Thanks for the pin, Kelly McCaleb)
One genius part of the night...each person has their own placemat. And between courses, each side of the table takes turns sliding down 5 seats so you get to talk to so many different people throughout the night. (See here for some more details from last year's party.)
This year we're just so thankful for our friends and for each other. And we can't wait to see some of our family soon.
Much love to all of you,
Danny & Mara
P.S. I am starting to collect Christmas tradition ideas. This part of my life has been a little delayed since it seems more traditions kick in when you have children. I would LOVE to hear of some of your traditions! This is one tradition I think is so sweet.