Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's easy to get caught up

Usually, this is the time of year (aka: a few short days from Christmas) that I am in freak-out mode trying to finish all my shopping, cleaning the house, doing the laundry and making sure I have everything in order for the upcoming holiday. For some reason though, this year its a little different. Caleb and I have made sure to be more intentional with our time to really make the most of it.

Like last night, we were able to slow down and grab dinner with some of our dearest friends. We talked about everything from video games to pursuing dreams, from kraft cheese to career paths. 

It's so easy this time of year to get caught up in making sure you have all the items on your to-do list checked off, and while that's still important, don't let it take you away from the REAL reason of the season.

Sure, I still have a few small things left to do before I get off at lunch tomorrow, but I'm going to make sure that even if they don't all get done - I'll still be able to enjoy everything Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have to offer. There is too much fun to be had! I just won't allow myself to freak out over the tiny things that really no one else cares about but me. I'm excited to spend the next few days with my closest friends and family, sip WAY too much of my aunts famous iced coffee, and take too many blurry light photos.

The one thing I'm a little bummed about is that it hasn't really FELT like Winter here lately. Which, I kind of feel bad complaining about because who really ASKS for snow!? Well, I'm being that girl. It'd be amazing to actually see SNOW on Christmas. I know that more than likely won't happen, but maybe a nice Christmas movie tonight would help?? We have plans of walking to my aunt and uncles for dinner tonight (love how close they live!!!) and I'm really hoping they are up for popping a fun Christmas movie in!

In other news, our work let go of the business attire rule for the day and let us wear our best Christmas sweaters. I'm pumped! This little holiday break can't come quickly enough!

I'm feeling random today, but am curious to know what YOUR families traditions are on/around Christmas time. Please share them below!!! I just think it's so cool to me how no two families do Christmas the same.

14 comments:

  1. I have a super cute Christmas-y sweater that I wanted to wear today...but the whole 65 degrees (plus the fact that pregnancy makes my have hot flashes!) made me decide to not wear it today :(

    I'm kind of ok with no snow though...

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  2. Merry Christmas! My family always eats dinner on Christmas Eve from our favorite Italian restaurant. We've been doing it as long as I can remember!

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  3. Oh my the weather is crazy! MO could possibly see tornados, I'd rather see the fluffy white stuff!

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  4. Totally agree with the whole message of this post! This year I'm trying to be intentional about not stressing and just soaking in all the goodness of the season.

    Our family traditions include appetizers at my aunts house Christmas eve. Waffles with strawberry rhubarb sauce followed by stockings, presents, scratch lotto tickets, and a day full of games and movies on Christmas Day! Usually between the 26th and 28th, we have two separate family gatherings including potluck dinners, board games, and sometimes a sleigh ride!

    Enjoy Christmas Kayla!! :)

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  5. It is quite warm by us too, and even though a few degrees cooler would be nice, I'm just thankful it's not bitterly frigid. Love the post, as always.

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  6. 70 degrees here and it's killing me!!! I only want cold weather on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but not 70 degrees and severe storms.

    Love this post girly, so true and something we all need to remember this time of the year!!

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  7. From kraft cheese to career paths- hehe!! ;) Also, I will be meeting you at Heather's tonight- kthanks!

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  8. I'm the girl who asks for snow! I could have snow all year long and be happy :) this warm weather depresses me.

    We have chili and cornbread for dinner on Christmas Eve. My mom made it once when I was a kid, and for some reason it stuck and now we do it every year. And cinnamon rolls for breakfast Christmas morning :)

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  9. We open presents with our kids on Christmas Eve morning, since we are gone that evening and all of Christmas Day.
    I'm intrigued by the iced coffee recipe. Would you send it to me if you think of it?

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  10. We open presents with our kids on Christmas Eve morning, since we are gone that evening and all of Christmas Day.
    I'm intrigued by the iced coffee recipe. Would you send it to me if you think of it?

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  11. It hasn't felt like winter here either - with almost 65 tomorrow...they say, but after our winter I'm totally fine with it and I'm from Florida so I'm used to warm winters haha!! I hope you have a great Christmas girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  12. I'm glad I can finally slow down after a crazy busy month and take it all in. Enjoy your aunt's iced coffee and you may need to teach me how to take those beautiful blurry lights pics ;-)

    Green Fashionista

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  13. I'm glad that you were able to slow down for a moment. I hope you have an amazing Christmas!

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  14. It has not felt like Christmas here in Texas at all either. I literally could have laid out in my swim suit in our backyard. It makes it extra hard to get in the Christmas spirit but these Christmas movies on Tv are helping. I loved this post and love you friend. Enjoy this special time with those you love the most.

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