Christmas Eve 2010


I plopped on the bed this morning and sighed. And then I sighed louder so JD could ask what was wrong. It just doesn’t feeeeel like Christmas Eve. I don’t know what I was expecting. Snow? Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Santa’s footsteps on the roof? Nah. But something was missing.

I’ll be the first to admit I suffer from the Greener Grass Syndrome (someone is having more fun and eating tastier food wearing cuter shoes with perfect hair right now), so perhaps this played into how I felt. JD suggested grabbing our books and heading to the beach with Polo. And like Baby Bear’s porridge, it was just right.

I ran along the shore with Polo and soaked in the sun with JD. I breathed in salty air and my freckles turned a darker shade of brown. And–in that moment–I felt whole.

Merry Christmas Eve, indeed.

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  1. stephanie b

    December 24th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    CUTEST picture of Polo ever!! Merry Christmas 🙂

  2. richard grebby

    December 24th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    You are totally right, it doesnt feel like christmas at all. Although it might be that im in the US right now instead of my homeland the UK and for once in about 20 years its actually a white christmas over there. But up in MA its just cold and dry. Oh well, fingers crossed for snow tonight. Im sure that my new fiance’s parents will start playing christma…oh and as I say it deck the halls comes blasting down the stairs.

    I hope you both have a great christmas and a happy new year.

    great blog by the way, this is my first post.

  3. Anneta

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Laying around on the beach….I can’t imagine…we have the snow and people here are sledding down the streets behind quads. Have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow.

  4. Evonne & Darren

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I think I suffer from the Greener Grass Syndrome too, even though everyone is jealous of us living in Hawaii. But it’s true, grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side because we always want what we don’t have. Anyhow, Merry Christmas Eve to you, JD and Polo! 🙂

  5. Eileen

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine! May your new year be filled with abundant blessings.

  6. Cheri De Haro

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Polo sure looks happy ; ) That makes it all worth it!
    Merry Christmas to you all!

  7. amanda blythe

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I’m from Chicago, and my husband and I hope to move to southern California some day. We’re having a white Christmas tonight (3 inches and still snowing) but this post made me ache for California. Grass is greener and all that. 🙂

  8. feuza

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    always get very nostaligic and grumpy at Christmas, what a great picture and great time

  9. l w k

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Ever for certain.

  10. Rachel

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Laying on the beach on Christmas Eve? Sounds amazing!!!!

  11. ashley barnett

    December 24th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    There might be no purer joy than the joy of a pup on the beach, muddy paws and all. I hope you felt an ounce of the joy that Polo clearly did. 🙂 Merry Christmas Jasmine!

  12. Kelsey Anderson

    December 25th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Merry Christmas Eve!

  13. Julie wooldridge

    December 25th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Merry Christmas to you! 🙂

  14. Vanessa Paris

    December 25th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    A sunny 95 here in Australia, I get that feeling a lot too, glad it’s not only me:) Merry Christmas xoxox

  15. Elizabeth

    December 25th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Merry Christmas to you and yours…I had the pleasure of meeting you this year and hopefully get to meet again some day Jasmine. You are truly an inspiration to all.

  16. Ker

    December 25th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    It just doesn’t feel like christmas this year.

  17. Misty Minna Photography

    December 25th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    I so wish I could go to the beach on Christmas! In MI it’s not really an option 🙁

  18. Misty Minna Photography

    December 25th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    I so wish I could go to the beach on Christmas! In MI it’s not really an option 🙁

  19. Janelle Vano

    December 25th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    This is the cutest Polo picture…EVER!

  20. Steph MacKinnon

    December 25th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I love that you are so candid with your emotions good and bad – an honest blog – it doesn’t get much better than that. All the best in 2011 to you and yours and Merry Christmas from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada!!

  21. Carrie K

    December 25th, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I’ll join you on the beach! After I dig out of 7 inches of snow. Merry Christmas and I’m very excited to go to Cali next week!:)

  22. Dave Keys

    December 25th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Merry Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jasmine. We celebrated today with kids and grandkids- the largest family christmas ever! (plus more on the way) (pics at site)

  23. shani

    December 25th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    The grass is greener – but only from a far, so I guess we just have to look around and see the green that’s right under our feet – or in your case, the sand. And so you know…a lot of people think you have the GREENEST LAWN in town! Merry Christmas.

  24. Naomi Chokr

    December 25th, 2010 at 5:52 am

    merry christmas jasmine, jd & polo!

    this is my favorite time of the year to go to the beach. florida sucks in the summer 🙂

  25. LEOLAK

    December 25th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Merry Christmas!!!

  26. Neil Patel

    December 25th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Marry Xmas n Holidays to Polo, Jasmine n JD from Neil Patel

  27. Karen

    December 25th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Happy Christmas! Christmas on a beach? Sounds amazing.

  28. wenyin

    December 25th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    merry christmas! i love that photo of polo =) he’s adorable.

  29. john

    December 25th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    -17 here in Northern Ireland have a very merry Christmas. Thank you for all your interesting blog posts

  30. Ami @ Elizabeth Anne Designs

    December 25th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    OMG polo is so cute and happy running in the waves! Pups are the perfect pick-me-up. 🙂

  31. briana moore

    December 25th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    He is seriously way too cute. This picture is a favorite.

  32. Ana Telma

    December 25th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Merry Christmas, sweetie! All the best for you, JD, Polo, your mom, dad, sisters, brothers and aaalllll your beautiful family! 😀
    Kisses from sunny and hot Brazil!

  33. sandra finner

    December 25th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Xmas eve/day are about the only days that I am happy NOT to be in warm weather. I love going to bed and waking up to beautiful snowy fields. The other 363 days I’m completely jealous.

  34. Sarah Ciccone

    December 25th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Merry Christmas Jasmine!!! From Minnesota….where we have a little too much snow…I can try to send some of it your way if you want…but I must say, the beach looks really good right now! 🙂 Love you and your blog!!

  35. Angelique

    December 26th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Merry Christmas! Grass is only greener because you’re not in Canada 🙂 It’s definitely feeling like Christmas here.

    Loved reading your first blog posts – makes me hopeful for 2011. Thanks for being so honest and such an inspiration.

  36. Tacey

    December 26th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Uh-ohhhhhh….Of all the people in the world, I would never have pegged you as the type to not appreciate how blessed you are during this special time of year…I know you ‘normally’ do, but of all the times of the year, Christmastime should be a time to truly relfect on our (your) blessings….YOU bless us with your gifts of teaching and inspiration, and you ARE blessed with a constant flow of meaningful work that is adored not only by your clients, but by half the world in admiration….Please, please Jasmine…never lose sight of all that YOU have on your side of the ‘green’…Much love….Tacey

  37. Kimberly

    December 26th, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Merry Christmas Jasmine and JD! Thank you so much for giving and sowing into my business this year through your blog and creative live workshop so unselfishly. I have never seen anything like it! May God continue to have His hand on your family and your business. God Bless you.

  38. Tanya Jose

    December 26th, 2010 at 5:56 am

    i watch elmo with my almost 2 year old all the time & the fact that you made a funny about baby bear & his porridge made me smile merry christmas!! 🙂

  39. Karen Stott

    December 26th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Mmmmmm….the warm sun sounds absolutely perfect right about now. So glad you had a great start to your Christmas celebration 🙂

  40. Krysta

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I could use warm sun right now. It’s snowing outside and I don’t like it. … Polo looks like he is having fun. I hope you and JD had a wonderful Christmas. <3

  41. Amanda Wagner

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Jas, this is my favourite photo of Polo yet. It’s perfect!

  42. s h e r r y

    December 27th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    🙂 I love that picture of Polo! AND I simply love the rounded corners & retro frame. Was this an iPhone snap?

  43. Pamela Topping

    December 27th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Love this shot of Polo! Once this LA rain is over for sure, I’m going back to the beach 🙂 I’m one of those weirdos that LOVES the feeling of sand in my toes lol 🙂

  44. Bobbie Brown

    December 28th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Wow… so different where you live! But it sounds wonderful! I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas Eve 🙂

  45. Bobbie Brown

    December 28th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Oh… and I LOVE this picture!

  46. ali

    December 28th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    hahahahahaha. i cracked up when i read this. and then cracked up louder so that my husband would ask me what was funny. and then i told him that you crack me up. then my 2 year old toddled over and said, "look at shiva!" (our dog) while pointing at polo’s picture. and i said "that’s polo. isn’t he cute?" and she said "po…lo? he’s funny!" PS love his sandy little paws! EEE!!!

  47. Studio Hera Bell

    December 28th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Love the story and the shot. Have a wonderful New Year Jasmin. Much love and sucess. Cheers, Hera

  48. cassandra-m

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    simply put…PERFECT PHOTO and many smiles coming from me and Mocha. 😀

  49. Erika

    January 14th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This has to be my fav. post by you. I really felt like I was there with you in your bedroom, reliving the whole day. Thanks for the trip to the beach and sharing your day with us. Btw, I really LOVE that pic of Polo. Goes so well with the memory of that day. ^.^