holiday pants

i don't know about you, but i'm vain enough to try to fit into old jeans i've had lying around since before my daughter's birth.

but that was a looooooooong time ago, you might say, giggling behind my back. well giggle away my friends. this is how i maintain sanity over the holidays. with all that eating......

.....such as treats like this

....and this

when you spend those 6 weeks between thanksgiving and christmas slapping on the old feedbag, you must maintain some measure of control.

that's what the holiday pants are for.

mind you, i could barely fit into them when i first wore them in the 80s -- remember guess skinny leg jeans? i completed the outfit with an ugly perm (i fell in love with michelle pheiffer's hair in married to the mob -- yes, i know - really bad movie and whowouldeverthinkthatlookedgoodfergodssakes????)

but i did.

anyway, the jeans have never really fit. that isn't what matters. what matters is that if i can actually still wriggle them over my fudgeandshortbreadcookystuffed thighs i give out a huge sigh of relief.

i have survived yet another battle with the holiday pants

just for fun, here is a shot of me trying to zip up the holiday pants.

can't. even. zip. them. let. alone. button. them.

i'm too ashamed to show my face. but you get the picture. because, for me, there's only one time of the year when i can consume sugar-coated nuts, honeybaked turkey (minus the buns, got to skip calories somewhere) my husband's to-die-for mushroom cream sauce he makes for the holiday roast capon, the glass (and yes, extra glasses when no-one's looking) of eggnog when we settle onto the couch and huddle under blankets to watch it's a wonderful life on christmas eve, where i sob uncontrollably into my eggnog glass while my children look at me sideways.

so bring on the new year. i'm ready for 2011 and more exercising, back to salmon and salad, lentils and carrot sticks. just so i can go yet another round come thanksgiving time with the holiday pants.

here are a few parting shots of christmas 2010......

reading by the fire first thing christmas morning (notice stockings on table, too lazy to hang them over the fireplace)

no matter what age they are, the kids are excited to see what santa brought

gifts before.....

and after

even mia gets a gift - yet another toy goose to rip apart, and in the all the excitement........

she promptly pees on the rug-

clean up underway!

ah, the many joys of christmas........

shalom y'all, hope your holidays have been and continue to be fantabulous.........!♡


  1. Imagine my humiliation when, while shopping with a friend, he turns to me and suggests a pair of elastized trousers. That's when I decided that I had better do something. I haven't actually lost much weight but I have managed to ship from sinking altogether.

  2. omg i grew out of my favourite jeans long ago; couldnt bear to part with them tho - one day perhaps.... time to take up the challenge!! your christmas house looks so cozy and warm and inviting.xx

    word veri - prettio !

  3. Oh, I knew you were holding back! Christmas is about letting go, sharing the joy of the season with family, food and fun.

  4. How wonderful your christmas was Amanda! I loved getting a peek into your home. I'm sure you'll be fitting into your favorite pants in no time, you look awesome to me!
    Happy New Year dear! All the best in 2011 to you and Phil.

  5. I dont think I can squeeze in one toe into your pants...Its just to hard to pass up on such goodies this time of year..hubbys mushroom sauce sounds Yummy too! ( :
    Wonderful photos of the family!!Blessings to you and yours this new year.Hugs,Cat

  6. Lovely pix - it looks a great Christmas.

    It's a Wonderful Life - what a wonderful film. I must have seen it at least 10 times over the years.

    Bonne Année to you all!

    Word veri: nogge

    That's almost an anagram of eggnog

  7. Interesting idea about the holiday pants. I know, we all tend to stuff ourselves. Wishing you a very happy new year Amanda and looking forward to more of your writing and adventures.

  8. Dear, sweet Amanda... love the pants story and the holiday traditions for your family. We have so many "must dos" (rolling, baking, icing cookies, seafood gumbo, fried oysters, driving around to see the Christmas decorations) that we sometimes elect to skip one. As you might have noticed almost all of the "must dos" revolve around food. I need to start the "pants" tradition...

    Also, I loved the story about your dad. New Year's Eve is my dad's birthday and we just had a great conversation laughing about "relatives during the holidays"

    Best wishes for you and your family in 2011!


  9. How funny that you saved those jeans! I would have burned them in the fire. A late Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year!

  10. Not sure about those jeans. If you get into them, does that mean you wear the pants in the family? (Bear said there's an expression about that.)

    Bear, btw, is hibernating, and won't be out and about til spring. I'm looking after things while he's away.

    And you must be very civilized; you even bought your dog, Mia, a present! I don't even know you, and I like you already!

  11. LOL, we have a pair of jeans in common!

    Happy New Year, and thanks for sharing your Christmas. Lovely.

  12. Pants aside, Amanda, I hope that this new year brings you more happiness than you could possibly zip or button up in your heart.

  13. You are a brave woman! I'd be terrified to try on older pants. I do still wear the same pants from about five years ago (I keep things a loooong time).

    Love the holiday photos. Happy new year to you and your beautiful family.

  14. woow - I could never fit into my old 80's jeans - sure wish I could. But even 1 lb per year adds up!!!
    looks like a lovely warm cozy Christmas - and I'm sure a happy new year

  15. A very original post with great photos ! I like the second this is my favorite, I also wish you a wonderful and happy new years to come ! :))


  16. nomad - elasticized pants sound really good right fact i'm wearing on old pair of my daughters sweat pants a lot......!!

    val - why do we hang onto things long after we've outgrown them? and i'm such a sentimental fool that i've have a real hard time parting ways with things......which is where new year's resolutions come in handy! xx

    rosaria, oh i've let go alright. just had to go cold turkey on the eggnog and dark rum combo that i enjoyed so much during the holidays.....damn that stuff is good...... ;-)

  17. thanks lori darlin......hope your holidays were everything you hoped they would be!! also hoping we might make another trip out your way soon.......!

    cat - actually, i serve myself that leftover mushroom sauce in a bowl and drink it like soup -- is nothing sacred?! ;-)

    sending lots of hugs your way~

    dd -- good god i've had eggnog on the brain lately -- having to go cold turkey at this juncture - do they make patches for that? ;-)

    oh i love that movie.......we watch it every year now - it's a tradition. cry every time i see mr. gower slap young george bailey across the face and then hug him.......sob......

  18. loree - holidays are officially over now, last eggnog carton is empty!

    blessings dear loree for a very happy new year and looking forward to many more maltese adventures♡

    genie - seafood gumbo and fried oysters? now THAT is what i call real holiday food!! hope you enjoyed every last scrap -- and happy birthday wishes to your dad!!


    sarah - you have the right idea. into the fire those pants must go --- let 2011 be a time for both new starts and a letting go of those things outgrown (both literally and figuratively!)

    blessings to you and yours in 2011♡

  19. miss sadie - how kind of you to visit. and what a bright and well-trained dog you are - you have already learned how to navigate the internet ;-) please tell your master when he awakes to call on me -- i will miss him while he's napping away the winter!


    glynis - glad to know i'm not the only one keeping around an old pair of jeans -works better than a scale ;-)

    hope your holidays were warm, sunny and allowed for a day at the beach!!

    ooooooh well said, lorenzo!! as always the poet --- forget the pants, the heart is where it's at - thanks for the reminder of what counts ;-)

  20. julie - i'm so happy to know you keep things around for a long time as well - i wear the same clothes all the time too - jeans and black t-shirts pretty much cover it for me!

    hope your holidays with your 3 precious boys were as special as can be ♡

    thank you dear mim - the holidays were really special this year - i feel very blessed. hope the same for you -- although i know you've had some very difficult times in the past weeks. sending blessings, love and hugs your way~


    red cat - je suis en accord - the second is my favorite too -- now that i've almost eaten my way through a double batch of those cookies at least i have a foto to look at throughout the year.

    best of the best to you aussi in 2011♡

  21. Holiday Pants? Holiday pants are the ones that have elastic and thigh room.

    Yes, I know skinny jeans are definitely IN alla Milano but they never were made for comfort. Reminds of Scarlet O'Hara and her corset. Bah Humbug!

    But honestly - you have a great figure for any age - I'm just jealous! xoxo

  22. I have learned a new word (er, phrase): "fudgeandshortbreadcookystuffed thighs"

    And, oddly enough, my word verification is "bunst."

  23. LOL! What a great post, Amanda. I love the pic of your kids full of the joys of Christmas morning!!

  24. sister - from now on, it's elastic and me all the way for the holidays!!

    jeff - it IS a word. just like bunst


    thanks japra--just put the tree out on the curb this past weekend so now it's all a wonderful memory .....!


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