Christmas

A Merry Little Christmas

 
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I truly love the Christmas season - the lights, the family focus, giving gifts, making cocoa. I know many people that feel the pressure of society to make it bigger and better and perfect every year, but when we focus on simplicity + genuine anticipation of the season, then we find the joy and awe of Christmas. For us it's keeping gifting simple + intentional, carving out time for rest (watching movies together, snuggling on the couch reading books, wintry walks in the park, family dates to see the lights), keeping an advent tradition with our little ones, and making lots of time for family.

 
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Every year we spend Christmas Eve with my family, and it's one of my favorite days of the year. My mom's house is decorated with lots of color, whimsy and farmhouse touches, and she always go the extra mile to make things special. (See her lovely, festive sangria below!) I love being in that house - the one where I grew up - and it's so special to me for Elliot to open presents right where I did as a child! He gets to see his cousins (who adore him), open presents and play outside. We exchange gifts for the kids, then do adult white elephant, which is always fun! My family has great taste, so we always end up with something thoughtful that we love! 

 
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The only thing I love just a tiny bit more is Christmas breakfast. Everyone comes in pjs, sips coffee + eats a big breakfast together - eggs, cinnamon rolls, bacon + sausage, grits, fruit, the works! This year we had the honor of hosting since Elliot is the youngest grandchild, and it was the best morning.

 
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Every year my mother buys me, my sister and herself a pair of Christmas leggings, and we wear them for Christmas breakfast! She also give us each a new pair of the softest pajamas + cute, cozy slippers!

 
 
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The rest of our day was spent at home, playing outside, exploring new toys, reading new books, spending all day in our pjs. No toys were put away in their bins and instead rested under the tree when not in use. We built a fire, made a gluten-free pizza, and just sat on the floor together. It was probably my favorite day of the entire year. Simple, intentional. No rushing around, no commitments, nowhere to be but home.  

 
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I hope you had the most wonderful Christmas (or other holiday that you celebrate!) with the ones you love! What is your favorite holiday tradition with your family?? 

Last Minute Gifts That Spark Joy!

I mentioned in our last post that we take gift giving pretty seriously around here... basically I LOVE seeking out the perfect thing that someone will love, ideally supporting a small business and not getting too caught up in the 'buy everything' feeling that often comes this time of year. Whether you're giving a little something special to your neighbor or looking for the perfect thing for your spouse, here are a few of my favorite things that spark joy (and will arrive before Christmas)!

 
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+ For the cook: An Instant pot and a great cookbook. I love cookbooks and cooking out of pen and paper books! Some favorites: My New Roots (plant-based), It's All Good or It's All Easy by my girl Gwyneth Paltrow, Against All Grain or anything by Danielle Walker,  and Whole 30 Fast & Easy
+ For her: A copy of Hello Glow + a cozy pair of slippers 
+ For a friend, neighbor, sister: A pretty journal and a good book. Maybe Present Over Perfect or anything by Shauna Niequist, Chasing Slow by Erin Loechener, or Cultivate by Lara Casey
+ For him: a pair of work gloves with touch screen fingertips
+ For the coffee lover: a coffee subscription + a Chemex or French Press
+ For her: a subscription to the Magnolia Journal + fun coffee mugs for curling up to read with a mug of tea or coffee
+ For the wine connoisseur: A subscription to Winc  + pretty wine glasses (I also love these for a more casual style) to share (or not!)

Share any of your favorites in the comments. I love reading them! Happy gift giving + Merry Christmas!! 

Snow Day

 
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We received a tiny Christmas miracle this year in Atlanta - snow in December! I grew up dreaming of snowy white Christmas and watching movies with beautiful glistening snow, and while the Christmas season is festive around these parts, it is never snowy. We may get some snow (or ice!) in February, but it rarely hangs around for long. Last week however, we were gifted some December snow! 

 
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We drove up to my sister in law's house to build snowmen and throw snowballs with Elliot's cousins. This was really his first time playing in the snow, and despite being ill prepared with regard to waterproof clothes, he loved it! I think his favorite part may have been throwing snowballs at me... 

 
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Gifting

For whatever reason Christmas has completely snuck up on me this year, despite my love of buying gifts for the people in my lift. I am taking full advantage of Amazon Prime and online gift cards for quite a few on my list, and I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas. 

Hostess gifts:

+ Homemade body butter or bath salts

+ Potted plants: I'm a sucker for a Christmas cactus, but I also love fresh herbs like rosemary and sage as they are great for making scented kindling

+ Homemade reed diffuser

+ My all time favorite candle

For him:

+ A Leatherman multi-tool

+ A shipment of our favorite coffee or a coffee subscription

+ Minimalist boots for work and play

+ Matching father & son socks (from the littlest of course)

+ Bar accessories like these whiskey chilling stones
+ A set of foam rollers or resistance bands and lacrosse balls for mobility workouts.

For her:

+ Something special for everyday wear

+ A cozy throw and glam moccasins

+ A set of these amazing enamel plates and bowls

+ A Warby Parker gift card to use towards these amazing sunnies

+ An essential oils starter kit (best. gift. ever.) 

For baby boy:

+ A wagon to push and pull

+ Pajamas because they grow so fast

+ Joggers, leggings and leggings

+ Miniature minimalist shoes for learning to walk

+ Some of our favorite books: one, two, three

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Wishing you the merriest Christmas!

Holiday Hosting

We are hosting Christmas for my husband's family this year -- eek! I am equal parts anxious and excited. I'll be spending Christmas Day morning with my sweet family, then cleaning like a mad woman with my trusty Thieves cleaner and diffusing Christmas Spirit and tangerine the rest of the day. We will keep it simple with white plates and lots of greenery and twinkle lights, and or quaint little tree will be loaded with gifts beneath for our nephews and niece. Can't wait for our house to be filled with all that love!

 Here are some of my favorite ideas for holiday entertaining and general merry-making.

(Everything about this mantle is perfect.)

(Love the simplicity.)

(Antlers + twinkle lights, naturally.)

(More antlers.)

(Simple gift tags or place cards.)

(Paperwhites, neutral linens, wooden chargers, fresh greenery & glowing candles make a perfect tablescape.)

All (and more!) can be found here.

Happy Christmas!