My favourite holiday tradition is finally getting to slow down and touch base with family and friends again. I love all the festive, high-spirited get together’s before Christmas and savour even more the languorous, stress-free dinners that follow after the big day has come. I tend to favour simple brown packages tied with twine and adorned with fresh cedar or a sprig of winter berries. It doesn’t really matter so much what is inside as long as it shows thought and care. The best present is time spent sharing a meal or sitting in front of a fire with a good group of friends and family and remembering the year that has passed. Happy Holidays to each of you!
— Emma of The Marion House Book
(photo by sian richards)