Happy Christmas Eve-eve y’all! I’ve officially wrapped zero presents and still need to clean my entire house before my brother and his fianceé arrive tomorrow. Maybe for Christmas Santa will bring me some time management skills? Here’s hoping.
Since my brother lives on the West Coast and my parents are in the Bahamas, getting together over the holidays can be tough. This year will be our first “sibling Christmas” without my parents. I’ll miss them like crazy but am SO EXCITED to have Jack and Michayla here for a few days. They’ve never come to stay in Charlotte just to visit-we’ve always been on our way to another relative’s house, it was for our wedding, etc. Super pumped to just hang with them and relax.
Even though our parents won’t physically be with us, there are a ton of traditions they started that we’ll continue. My dad is basically a big kid (just ask my mom) who gets so excited about everything related to Christmas. On Christmas Eve he’s been known to sort everyone’s gifts into piles and count them to see if he has the most. (Laughing as I type that-he’s ridiculous.) Obviously gifts are his love language, but he also made Christmas so fun for all of us with his childlike excitement over the gifts, food, decorations, music…you name it. He’s the best.
Ice cream for breakfast. When I was in the third grade we lived in Hawaii (my parents were both in the Navy) and on a whim Dad pulled some ice cream out of the freezer and declared that on Christmas Eve we were going to eat ice cream for breakfast. Yep. Ice cream for breakfast. Obviously our nine and four-year-old selves were over the moon. We kept that tradition up until just a few years ago, when we started wanting to save our calories for the mimosas on Christmas morning.
Our favorite Christmas movies. Our family favorites are Love Actually, The Santa Clause, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which we watch every Christmas Eve. We could just act these out ourselves now because we practically know every line, but I still love it. I’m also a fan of The Holiday, but my parents think it’s boring so I have to watch it before I see them.
Setting a gift-opening timer. Yes, you read that right. This is our weirdest tradition and also my #1 favorite. When we were younger, my dad hated that we would just rip open all of our presents and Christmas morning was essentially over in five minutes. So starting when I was in middle school, we did gift opening “rounds”. Each person would pick a present to open and Dad would start a seven-minute timer. We’d go around and open the presents one at a time, and then sit, pass them around, and enjoy them until the timer went off. Then we’d repeat. Not only was it fun to see/experience what everyone else got, but it makes Christmas morning last for SO long. Plus, now that we’re all adults it’s fun to sip our coffee/mimosas, eat a little breakfast, and just talk and hang out while we open gifts. It’s my absolute favorite.
This year will be my first time hosting Christmas dinner at our house. Not only am I excited that everything will be vegan, but it’s a chance for us to use allllllll of that fancy stuff we registered for at our wedding that’s been sitting in a cabinet. This capsule outfit will be perfect for a cozy dinner at home: flats (no need to get too fancy), a lightweight turtleneck, and a pretty plaid sweater to pull everything together. Perfect for running around while hostessing and then curling up on the couch to watch Rudolph afterwards.
01 | Plaid cardigan
02 | Black turtleneck (old) | similar
I feel so lucky that my family is able to fly in, and this time of year I’m especially thinking of those who can’t be with their families. Know that you are on my heart and in my prayers.
Merry merry Christmas!