Let me just say that this is not my favorite time of year. I’d love to go to sleep the day before Thanksgiving and not wake up until the day after Christmas, skipping all of the stress in between. Bah humbug! But, alas, that is not an option so I try to grab some Christmas cheer where I can!

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We took a little foray out to a little cluster of specialty shops. It was all decorated for the holidays and had an open fire going, which added to the festive atmosphere.

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One was a coffee shop that had their dining area decorated in 50’s kitsch. It was fun to stop for a “cuppa” and some coffee cake.

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We also took a holiday tour of Victorian Cape May, which included the restored Emlen Physick Estate.

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I was fascinated by the way they had the dining room set out as if waiting for Victorian party goers, complete with Christmas crackers.

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The tour guide discussed the progression of the meal through many courses and the importance of knowing which utensil to use when so as not to get talked about in your social circle the next day if you made a mistake!

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This is a serious amount of food, and it was considered an insult to the hostess to refuse anything!

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I wore a white sweater with a keyhole neckline that I bought at Nordstrom Rack several years ago, with a pair of super soft purple corduroy pants (not an affiliate link) that I bought on clearance at Boscov’s last week. I bought this pair, wore them once and loved them so much I went back for two more pair in different colors! I paid $12.99 for each pair.

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This beautiful necklace was a gift in a Secret Santa exchange between a group of online reselling friends.

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The house tour was preceded by a trolley tour to see the lights of Cape May, so we bundled up.

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It was a nice day, and now I’m ready to face the holiday! I wish all of you a very wonderful Christmas spent in whatever way makes you happy!

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