I’m taking a break from digging out from under the usual post-Christmas detritus to show you the gift I’m most excited about this year. (Actually, it’s the one I’m second-most excited about, but more on that later.) My parents created this adorable bed for Lily’s new American Girl doll, Kanani. Kanani lives in Hawaii, which gave my mother the wonderfully inspired idea to use a hula skirt as a bedskirt. And she somehow managed to find fabric that goes perfectly with flowers from a dollar store lei. Brilliant. Grandpa did his part and made a nice sturdy bed with a simple but charming headboard. Lily’s expression when she saw the bed was as priceless as you’d imagine.
And now back to the salt mines. Today’s goal is to find homes for all the new Christmas presents and deal with the packaging they came in so we can start taking decorations down tomorrow. Do you take your decorations down right after Christmas or do you leave them up through New Year’s? I like to have everything cleared away for the New Year, but I have a friend who left her tree up for so long she ended up decorating it with hearts for Valentine’s Day.