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Dec 14, 201810:07 AM
Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

Christmas Listicle

What I’m looking forward to this year



I typically love a good portmanteau, so I’m not sure why I have such a visceral dislike for the word “listicle.” I guess I am opposed to it from a journalistic standpoint, as it just seems… well, lazy. It’s lazy to just throw a bunch of items together in a list without having a beginning, middle, or end; without having a through-line!

But right now, I am so damn full of Christmas “cheer” (sadly, by “cheer” I mean “stress” and not “bourbon”) that I’ve decided to embrace the listicle. In fact, it even sounds a bit like “icicle,” which makes it festive!

So here are the 5 things I am most looking forward to about the holiday season this year:

  1. Decorating the tree. I love this tradition even more now that I have inherited my sister’s Christmas things. From the wreath to the tree skirt to the angel to the picture of her long-dead dog in a Santa hat, everything we use to decorate comes from my sister. It’s a beautiful way to remember her every holiday season, and I look forward to it with bittersweet anticipation every year.
  2. Baking! Even though I’ve only been at my job since July, my work Secret Santa already knows what makes me tick: So far, I’ve gotten chocolate, a package of brand-new multicolored gel pens, and a holiday baking recipe book. I want to make absolutely everything in it but am planning to start with the hot cocoa cookies topped with toasted marshmallows and culminate in the Italian cream cake for Christmas Eve dinner.
  3. Ruby’s birthday. I thought I’d hate having a Christmas baby. I thought she’d hate being a Christmas baby. But honestly, we both love it – it just seems like an extra-special time of year, with all the lights and Christmas carols and all the good food everywhere you turn. She will be 12 this year, the last full year before she becomes a teenager.
  4. Eggnog. People either love it or hate it. I am strongly in the “love it” camp and don’t care if you hate it – more for me! I’ve already had my first cup of eggnog for the season and plan on at least a couple more, including one in daiquiri form and possibly even an eggnog latte. FIGHT ME. (Don’t actually fight me.)
  5. Time off. Now granted, time off in your late 30s is not as much fun as time off at any stage in life from, say, ages 5 to 25. Still, I have big plans for cleaning out my closet and sorting through my clothes and the girls’ outgrown clothes, and I’m having organizational fantasies involving plastic bins and a label-maker. This is what brings me joy in life, and yes, it sounds a little bit lame when I admit it right here for public consumption, but joy is joy, and I can’t wait!

You know what the best part of a listicle is? You don’t have to worry about a clever ending.

Listicle over. Merry Christmas; happy everything!


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Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans


        Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.




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