Christmas Blessings

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate differently.  Myself?  I wasn't raised with Christmas, but I've celebrated it the past few years with my boyfriend and his family.  Due to a pressing deadline and work load, I've remained in SoCal this Christmas without the opportunity to see either one of my families.  I've had an entire house (and almost all of the laboratories) to myself over the holidays.  Having all this space is exciting, but the emptiness gets to feel strange pretty quickly.  I play music and movies on high volume to fill the cavernous silence (A Christmas Prince and reputation have been guilty pleasures). 

Despite not having family closer than a phone call away to me this year, I don't feel lonely.  This year, I've had the privilege of seeing many friends over the holiday week, catching up with faces I haven't seen for quite awhile.  My days have been divided into solo time, friend time, and lab time.  It wasn't like this last year and I feel blessed, grateful, and lucky to have people in my life.  It's a different kind of wealth, to have beautiful friendships.  These are the gifts that money can't buy.  

On Christmas Day, my friend from Lithuania held a small gathering in her home.  I arrived early to help her prepare for dinner and we were treated to a beautiful night of home cooking and good company.  I am sharing the photos from that night.  I hope they convey the sense of warm, sated bellies, mirth, and fulfillment I felt that evening.  We were all people, some less acquainted than others, who spent Christmas Day together.  

If you're still around, thank you for reading.  I'm looking to get a few more posts in before the year is over.  Maybe squeeze them in between work!  Please do tell me about your holidays in the comments.  I would love to read about what you did, your favorite parts, and the people you got to see. 


  1. Happy holidays! That looks like such a classy Christmas Dinner! I worked until midnight on Christmas but my friend was also working so we had a post-work McDonalds' Christmas dinner haha.

  2. Merry Christmas! And it doesn't matter where you spend it and who you spend it with. Looks like a great Christmas dinner ;)

  3. Happy Holidays, Alyse! I'm happy to see that you had great time. I celebrated with my whole family and had lots of fun. Hope that you'll have lovely end of the year :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  4. Food looks incredible! The pie looks so tasty. My Christmas day was super busy and consisted of a lot of food. There was lunch with my boyfriend and his family and then dinner with my family.

    Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

    Nat // Dignifiable

  5. I can totally relate to you about celebrating Christmas. Even though you didn’t go home, at least you still got to celebrate it with friends! It’s awesome that you’re so helpful! You’re the type of friend I treasure :). Glad you hear that you enjoyed the celebration! Hope you’ll spend this holiday relaxing :).


  6. Your Christmas sounds like it was lovely, genuinely. Also, so nice to see you blogging again! My own Christmas weekend was spent divided between extended family and a hectic schedule, and Christmas day was spent with my parents, in pajamas. I'm honestly just so glad to be back to a normal routine at this point lol.


  7. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! That's cool to have a simple get-together yet a very meaningful interaction with them. My Christmas was spent with the family. It's gonna be a different scene on my New Year's Eve tho, coz I'll be on my night shift duty at the hospital by then. Cheers to the New Year!


  8. Happy Belated Christmas, and a Happy New Year to you, Alyse! Even though you didn't go home, it's good you had friends to celebrate Christmas with! All the food and wine looks awesome. That pie, especially, is making me drool! My Christmas was spent at home, but I did go out to do something on my bucket list -- walk across the Han River (on a bridge)! It wasn't too cold that day, thank goodness. ^^

  9. I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas. It's all about spending time with people you love at this time of year - and whether it's family or friends, it's always lovely. Happy New Year Alyse. I've totally fallen out of the blog routine but it's so nice to come back and read your lovely posts and see your gorgeous photos as always x

  10. What a nice gathering! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. So happy to see that you had friends to celebrate with, since your family lives farther away.