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Holiday Traditions

by krismkoch

I hope you had a happy thanksgiving! We went to my in-laws for a huge feast filled with tons of cousins and lots of food. Last year James was just two months old and slept through most of thanksgiving but this year, he was running around and causing trouble and having fun. He even managed to make it through five minutes of dinner before screaming to be let out, which perhaps is a blessing because it stopped me from stuffing my face even more (don’t worry, I still got a healthy dose of turkey, stuffing and everything else, not to mention plenty of pie).

Every Thanksgiving, my in-laws kick things off with a champagne toast once every one arrives and before we head to the table for dinner. It’s such a fun way to welcome everyone and make the day feel a little extra special. It’s something I’m excited to bring to future gatherings I host (I may suggest adding some cranberries to the Christmas champagne toast this year for a festive touch).

Dinner is filled with all the usual thanksgiving fixings. Andy always makes the mashed potatoes, his cousin Arthur carved the turkey, and this year I made my mom’s cranberry and goat cheese salad. My mom is an amazing cook and always makes me special salad and veggie dishes even though I’ve since outgrown my teenage vegetarian days, and I wanted to bring a part of my traditions to the dinner. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll share the recipe – it’s super easy and so good.

After dinner, we tried to work off our food comas with some football on the field near my in-laws house before heading back home to stuff our faces again with pie, cookies and cake.

So all in all, our Thanksgiving was a huge success and I loved getting to really introduce James to the holiday and traditions.

And now it’s time for Christmas!

Jk but not really. It’s crazy how the second thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start gearing up for Christmas. I actually don’t mind because Christmas happens to be my favorite holiday. Really the whole time between thanksgiving and Christmas with all the parties and decorations and cookies and present planning. I love it!

This weekend we’re going to kick off our holiday planning by getting a Christmas tree and finding where we stashed all the ornaments. My parents are coming to visit in a couple weeks for an early Christmas celebration, so I want to get our place all decorated. I’m also going to try to squeeze in some shopping to take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals to get some of my holiday gift shopping done.

With parties and visitors and then our annual trip to park city to ski, this month is going to be busy so I’m hoping to take advantage of these days off to get it all done. I even orders our Christmas cards from Minted and I’m so excited by how they turned out. They make it really easy because last year, I have to admit I failed on the card front. I was just too overwhelmed with being a new mom and not having time between the holidays and traveling. So this year, I decided to just get it done instead of waiting until December and I’m glad I did. Doesn’t it feel good to get stuff checked off your to-do list?

What about your family? What traditions are you excited for? Any we should incorporate into our holidays?

Me: Dress, Rebecca Taylor; Black Heels

James: Smocked Outfit

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