A White (House) Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from I & I! Although the big day has passed, wherever you are in the world, I hope you are still relishing the laughter of friends and family and the warmth that comes with a room full of love, company, and good, good food :)

A friend of mine shared this quote on facebook yesterday which I absolutely LOVE:

love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas when you stop opening presents and listen.

Christmas in the Premaratne household has always been a nontraditional affair in numerous ways, but nevertheless one that is distinctly our own :) This year, we were fortunate enough to be whisked into the White House at the conclusion of Inesha’s semester there this school year. I myself had never been inside, but it was especially spectacular at this time of year with innumerable bunches of tinsel and greenery wrapping its way around grand banisters and shiny marble floors reflecting the twinkling lights above. We spent a lovely weekend in Washington, D.C., eating at the farm and eco-friendly restaurant Founding Farmers (highly recommend it!) and then visiting Gaylord National Resort on the Potomac. When it seems like we don’t often get a chance to spend that much time together as a family, it was a weekend that was much appreciated (though admittedly there were a fair amount of I & I squabbles and Reshini putting her two cents in when it most definitely wasn’t needed) :) Needless to say, I hope whatever holiday you are celebrating at this time of year reminds you how nice to is to hear the house (or car) filled with the chatter, laughs, and occasional shouts that inevitably abound when you get a bunch of Premaratnes together.

And next…WE’RE OFF TO SRI LANKA ON THE 31ST! Looks like Inesha and I will be ringing in 2013 on the other side of the pond–that too seems to have become a trend of ours of late :)




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