Christmas Day 2017

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I’ve mentioned it on my blog before but it’s worth repeating. My mom transforms into Mrs. Clause at Christmastime and her home is even more festive. It’s one of my favorite places to be during the holidays because no corner or windowsill is left undecorated. 

Christmas morning Alex and I woke up and gifted the dogs a new stuffed toy I received courtesy of Bark Box as part of the Influenster Tinsel Vox Box. I was surprised that it lasted a whole 45 minutes without a rip! We drank tea and coffee while we opened our stockings to each other (I mean, from Santa).  

We arrived to my mom’s house shortly before 10 to be sure to catch the Disney Christmas parade. Watching the parade used to be one of my favorite traditions but lately I’ve found it to be a bit overproduced. We opened our stockings and then shared a huge brunch spread of biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs, orange juice, and cider before settling into our spots on the sofa to exchange gifts. 

I was lucky to receive duplicates of the one gift I asked for this year (a robe). Some of my personal highlights from our gift giving include mementos from the fallen College of Charleston Christmas tree, the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and studio lights to help improve my after work and wintertime interior photography! My sister gifted me some Lush bath products that I know will make me feel like a pampered queen. I made sure Alex was ready for the new year with a good stash of film and AirPods for evenings when I go to bed early or he’s busy being a great house husband and helping with the chores on his off days. 

We spent the afternoon lounging around at home with the dogs before heading over to my Great Aunt and Uncle’s house for a Christmas feast with my mom’s cousins.  

It is difficult to balance our time with family as adults during the Christmas season but this year I feel like we were quite successful at spending some quiet time alone together in between visits to relatives. Perhaps my greatest gift this year was not having to prepare dinner for a few days in a row. Though the feeling is short lived, this is the one time of year where I really let myself relax (or dare I say be a bit lazy) and savor moments spent being spoiled by the love and company of others.