christmas eve.

the first thing I did this morning was plug in the twinkly lights on our tree and crank up the christmas carols. after I made a pot of coffee, of course.

merry christmas eve!

my family is passing through des moines today on their way out to colorado. so [J] + I are happily hosting a christmas eve feast at our sweet little possibly too small for 7 apartment. we’ll be carrying on my family’s tradition and making a big pan of lasagna. nothing like carb-overload to put you in a deep sleep, so santa can sneak down the chimney. at least that’s what I presume. [J]’s family also has a scrumptious christmas eve tradition, of seafood chowder. my mouth is watering just thinking about it. we’ll be missing it this year. ahhh, why can’t we be in two places at once?

does your family have a traditional feast?

I need to get back to transforming the apartment into a cozy, christmas wonderland. but I wanted to share a couple scenes from around here ..

my christmas eve to yours.

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even a dinner of seven needs place cards. and they need glitter.

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I purchased gold ornaments from the dollar store & hot-glued pieces of wine cork to the bottom, to serve as a stand.

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merry christmas eve!!

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you can always count on cookies.

I cannot believe tomorrow is christmas eve already. that happened fast. 

[J] & I made our holiday plans in advance this year to ensure we spent quality time with both of our families. [especially after my minor married holiday rant]. on december 13th, we were off to chicago to spend the weekend with [J]’s parents. but there was a family emergency, and his parents boarded a flight for colorado as we were on our way to illinois. and last weekend, we had plans to visit my hometown + celebrate with my family. but a ‘major’ snow storm hit the midwest, and kept us in our apartment. to say I was disappointed would be an understatement. we thought we had the two family, two different state christmas puzzle solved ..wrong-o. as the grinch would say. 

I would assume this is where holiday stress stems from.

instead of sulking, [J] & I made the most of our weekend. we baked + decorated cookies. went out for brunch. and watched an insane amount of christmas movies.

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sometimes you just have to make lemons cranberries into lemonade a stiff drink. and roll with the punches.

fortunately, my parents + grandparents are traveling to colorado on christmas. and have decided to take a pit stop in des moines to spend christmas eve with [J] & I. so today I’ll be busy transforming our little apartment into the scene of a beautiful holiday feast. wish me luck.

see you tomorrow!

and happy monday.

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holiday stories.

today is book review day.

but we didn’t quite finish the book decided instead to get in the holiday spirit and share our favorite christmas stories.

through the entire month of decemeber, you can catch me only watching the hallmark channel, lifetime, and ABC family. they play the best holiday movies. the cheesier, the better. I eat them up. but for books, it’s been awhile since I sat down and read one. so I dug deep, and came up with my two [all-time] favorites.

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I, like most, people love dr. seuss. his stories are fun + whimsical. and when you get a little older, realize they also share great lessons. and with the grinch, it’s that the magic of christmas doesn’t revolve around lights + presents. it’s what you make it and being with the people you love.

[*editor’s note: the movie is so good too].

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I can practically recite this entire story without even opening the book. but it means more than the story to me. whenever my entire family gets together for the holidays, on christmas eve night all 9 of us grandchildren sit down and grandpa reads this story to us. that’s what christmas is aboutmaking sweet memories that you’ll always remember.

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grandpa reading to us on christmas eve 2009.

[*editor’s note: poor, poor photo quality].

I’d love to hear your favorite holiday stories, memories, and traditions.

and make sure to read erika of all things E blog favorites!

happy thursday.

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