On a holiday weekend

J and I had a lovely, long Thanksgiving weekend. It was nice, cozy, quiet – just the two of us – and almost a bit too long. (Did I really just say that?) Well, you know the kind, where it gets really hard to go back to work on Monday. Yeah, that one. I had a teeny-tiny bit of a problem getting out of bed this morning.

But what can I say? We were granted a 2-hour early dismissal from work on Wednesday, so my long weekend started even earlier than anticipated. And, you guys? 4- day weekends are even better than 3-day weekends. Just sayin’.

We made a lovely Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. A roasted turkey chicken, walnut-stuffing, baby potatoes and green beans.


For dessert, I got those tiny “berry blossom” individual cakes and they were absolutely delicious. Not too sweet themselves, but perfectly sweet with some vanilla bean ice-cream. Yum!


But the best part was: we stayed home all day in our sweat pants, watched movies, drank tea and just had the loveliest, mellowest Thanksgiving anyone could wish for.

Friday and Saturday were mostly mellow, too. I had contemplated to brave the crowds and do some actual Black Friday shopping in-store, but ended up changing my mind about that. Instead, I worked on my Christmas cards and craft projects, did some chores around the house and enjoyed the time at home.

On Sunday, we met up with Susi and her family and drove out to San Francisco to visit the Charles Dickens Christmas Fair. Now that the Thanksgiving holiday was behind us and Sunday marked the first of Advent, it was totally legit to start getting into the Christmas spirit.

The fair was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Magical, really! I was absolutely thrilled! There were so many people dressed up in beautiful Victorian costumes and I quite frankly just didn’t have enough eyes to take in everybody and everything at the same time. We must have rounded the halls at least 4 or 5 times and I still couldn’t get enough of it. Just take a look for yourself. I was told that 750 volunteers participate in the Charles Dickens Fair each year to make it as authentic and wonderful as it is.


This tree was amazing – I wanted to take it home.


They had beautiful little shops and stands.


This woman was amazing – she didn’t move for like 30 minutes.


There were many different stages with performances,


authentic little tea houses and bars,


and cool bicycles!


My favorite part were the Christmas carolers. They were so much fun to watch (and listen to!)


Other good things this weekend:

Peet’s Holiday Blend coffee ♥ Christmas shopping (mostly online) ♥ staying up late ♥ staying in my pj’s ♥ candied almonds ♥ phone call with my great-aunt ♥ shopping at Target with my sister (Well, I wish! She was only on the phone with me – meh!) ♥ getting some Christmas planning figured out ♥ putting up our teeny-tiny Christmas tree ♥ candles ♥ our first #twookclub book discussion


How were your holiday weekends, peeps?

  1. oh what a lovely weekend indeed! and that fair looks like so much fun, i’m such a sucker for things like that. love it.

  2. oh, wow. that fair looks amazing. i’m glad you had such a nice weekend! xoxo

  3. That fair looks awesome!
    Glad to hear you had such a nice Thanksgiving – your chicken looks delish! xxx

  4. I made a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, brussel sprouts and bacon, mashed potato, butternut squash, pearl onions, cranberry sauce, and stuffing (chestnut), apple pie, egg nog! **burp**
    We went out on Friday as Hubby needed a new electric razor, and on Sunday my cousin drove me to my sister’s house where we celebrated her 40th anniversary! What a busy 4 day weekend!

  5. Mellow holidays like that are the best kind :) I love when Nathan, Topher and I get the chance to spend time together, just our little family. The craft fair looks amazing! Love that tree!!

  6. Looks like a fun weekend! And that dinner looks delish!

    (For the record, I’m also ridiculously in love with Peet’s Holiday Blend. I’m drinking some right now!)

  7. That fair looks amazing! I really love the tree. So pretty.

  8. your thanksgiving meal looks very yummy, san. and i would’ve loved the fair. we had a very mellow thanksgiving too, and you know what? i like it like that, what’s a holiday if you can’t relax?!

  9. That food looks soooo gooooddd! Sounds like a great weekend! :)

  10. What a great meal and that fair! Loved it!!!

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  12. Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving weekend :)

  13. Lookes like the perfect long weekend.
    One day I would like to spend Thanksgiving in the US.

  14. The fair looks amazing! I love the costumes, too!

  15. Oh, the fair looks so cool. I’d love to visit it sometime.

  16. that looks magical!! i looked it up after you mentioned it on Twitter (I think?) and it had now made it on my “bucket list” because wow. just amazing.

  17. Your Thanksiving sounds lovely! We were lazy all weekend too, and I loved every single minute of it! :)

  18. So I’m clearly WAY behind on blog reading but I wanted to say, YAY! I’m glad you got to go to the Dickens fair and that you liked it! Hopefully next year we can plan to go the same weekend. :)

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