Today, my holiday festivities begin, in a way, as my mom arrives in town this afternoon. Tomorrow we’re going to do a massive grocery haul as we have three dinners in a row to host: Mexican food with my uncle and cousins on Friday, Christmas Eve’s seven fishes dinner on Saturday (it’s an Italian thing), and then a big for Christmas dinner with my family and in-laws. My sister and her boyfriend are coming up on Saturday with her puppy, so we’re going to have a full house! I’m so excited to be hosting my first Christmas… slash kind of nervous.
After that, my sister, Anel, the two pups, and I are packing up and driving to New Hampshire for our second Christmas celebration with my dad, Jennifer, and Jackson. (Read more about holidays with divorced parents here.) Then we head back to CT for New Years Eve with my college friends, one of my favorite yearly traditions. I’m hosting for the second year in a row. We’ll cook dinner together, drink wine, and play games. It’s always such a fun night with zero pressure!
Since we’ll be at home for Christmas itself, I probably won’t get too dressed up, but will need a little festive flair. I see a lot of plaid in my near future. How cute is this little plaid ribbon that came on a gift I got last week? I threw it over my pony tail for a holdiay party last week and will probably do the same on Christmas. All of a sudden I just got totally sick of my short hair, so I’ve been wearing it up pretty much daily lately. I’m hoping it grows quickly!
Speaking of quickly, 2017 is around the corner, and I’m excited to be taking off most of the rest of the year. I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of 2016, including all of my favorite posts of the year, then I’ll see you again in January. In the meantime, keep up with my festivities on Instagram and Snapchat.
Photos by Stephanie Elliott Photography.