home for the holidays...

And with a flash... Christmas has come and gone. Can you believe it? I wish it had lasted a little longer, but there was plenty of relaxing, sweet treats, and delicious dinners enjoyed with family and friends. My parents house twinkled with colourful lights, vintage ornaments, and gifts wrapped under the tree. We opened everything Christmas Eve, and just relaxed the next morning... with cinnamon buns being the perfect Christmas breakfast. The new year coming up is going to be a big one, with so much to look forward to and new traditions to begin. I'm excited to get 2012 started...

How was your Christmas? Did you do anything special?

*Also, happy to share today that Jay is the winner of the Grain & Silk calendar giveaway. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for more "For the Love of Film" posts in the new year.

Photos: My own, from film.


  1. What beautifully wrapped presents! Love the cozy, homey feel of this post, great pics! I can't believe how fast it came & went too, kinda sad... but lots to be thankful for and yet to enjoy!


  2. Yes, Christmastime did fly right by! Your holiday experiences sound (and look) delightful.

    The special happening for my family was having my newly-engaged brother in Texas visit us for a week. It was just like "old times" for my siblings and parents, and many precious memories were made in those few short days. Truly priceless!

    Happy New Year to you!

    Katherine @ thistle handmade

  3. I did the same sort of wrapping this year - brown paper with a little decoration. It was so pretty. Where did you get the brown paper with green ornaments? I'm from the Philadelphia area too, so even if it's a store, I would love to know. Merry Christmas and of course, happy new year!

  4. Your Christmas sounds so cozy! I love the photos - yours always fill me with such peace and warmth.

    Our Christmas was so much fun this year, as it was the first year our son really got into the holiday. I will treasure the memories we made this year for the rest of my life, I'm sure.

  5. Karyn - Thank you! Glad you like them :) There's definitely great things ahead!

    Katherine - Sounds like a perfect visit to me! Congrats to your brother, glad to hear you enjoyed your time together :)

    Rachel - I love wrapping gifts with kraft paper... my go-to look for a couple years now! I got the kraft paper with ornaments from Chapters bookstore... I believe it's called Indigo in the states... hope you can find some!

    Megan - Thank you for such a sweet comment! That makes me smile :) Great to hear you made some wonderful memories with your son. A co-worker was telling me about about "playing santa", seems so fun!

  6. Gorgeous photos Daniella and those presents! Brown paper packages tied up with string...perfection. Wishing you a blessed year ahead filled with much love, laughter and cheer! xoxo

  7. Thanks Kinga!! Hope you had a great Christmas! Wishing you all the best for the new year too :) Hopefully full of creativity!

  8. I love the way you've wrapped your presents, so beautiful. Glad you had a nice time :)

    And great film photos, as usual!

  9. The holidays were a blast.
    I loved it.
    Especially the family time with my 20 cousins, 20 aunts and uncles plus my own family and grandparents. Time just flew by. :(
    Also thank you once again for the calendar, I can't wait to hang it on my wall :)

  10. Oh, wow! The naturally embellished gift wrapping looked beautiful! Bravo.
    Hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve. We'll see you in 2012!

  11. Katarina - Thank you! Hope you have a great New Years!

    Jay - You're welcome! And wow, that's a lot of family! That'd be a great party.

    Miz.November - Thank you! They turned out well, took me a little longer to wrap, but they looked nice with a natural element. Happy New Year!

  12. christmas seemed to go far too fast this year and i'm not sure why.

  13. Amy - I know! Isn't it so weird? Everyone i've talked to has been saying that. I didn't feel quite ready for it, and then it was over! Time to slow down life a little I think...

  14. These are BEAUTIFUL! My husband and I traveled to our hometown and spent the holidays with our families. It was fun and relaxing. Happy New Year!

  15. Hello Daniella,

    I know what you mean! It was a wind of blurry fun and suddenly, it was over. That is it. The stress, the hours of picking our Christmas gifts, decorating, baking, everything—poof! However, it was a wonderful Christmas :)

    I really enjoy your new blog and very much look forward to following along with what you will share. Keep up the amazing work, Daniella! Your photography is lovely and I am enjoying your series very much. Cheers to a fabulous *2012*

    Warmly, your friend,

  16. looks like a lovely christmas, indeed. happiest new year to you!