Holiday Kickoff + Family Traditions

Hey yall!

It’s the holiday season and I couldn’t be more excited. From Christmas music and holiday foods to winter fashion and family traditions, it all seems so magical! Since the holidays are upon us and family traditions are at large, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that my family does every winter!

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1. Holiday kickoff brunch

Although this isn’t a very “traditional” tradition, it’s still one of my favorites. The week before Thanksgiving, my mom and I go get brunch at a local cafe, then go shop for Christmas gifts for the rest of our family. This year I got a blueberry quinoa bowl with granola and fruit and it was so yummy! My mom got a goat cheese omelet, and although I’m not a huge egg fan, I gotta say it looked pretty tasty. I love this time that my mom and I spend together because it’s such a nice time to catch up on life and breathe for a while. Since I’m either in classes or working for most of the day, we usually don’t have time to just sit and chat, so I love the times that we have together. 

2. Christmas tree chopping

Every year since I can remember, my family has gone to a Christmas tree farm about an hour away to pick out the *perfect* tree. It’s usually freezing cold, and walking around a Christmas tree farm for an hour or so may not seem like the most fun thing, but it’s always so fun and memorable! After chopping down the tree, we tie it to the roof of the car and drive the hour back to our house, where we put lights, ornaments, and LOTS of silver sparkly tinsel on it. There is always lots of Christmas music, hot chocolate, and LOTS of pine needles stuck in my hair, without fail. every time. 

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3. Baking one of my Great-grandmother’s chocolate pies

As a little girl, I always loved my great grandmother’s chocolate pie, which my grandmother would make every Christmas. Now, I have the chocolate pie recipe and it’s always so special to make that pie on Christmas morning! I absolutely love to cook, and so making something that’s so special and close to my heart makes Christmas morning even more amazing. 

4. Christmas Shopping

Umm… shopping. Need I say more? 🙂 But really, I absolutely love finding gifts for my friends and family to give to them on Christmas. Christmas shopping is always so fun and festive in my family, as it usually involves early mornings, peppermint mochas, and lots of laughs with my sister. 

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5. Midnight mass on Christmas Eve 

Time to share my FAVORITE thing about the holiday season: Midnight mass! Every Christmas Eve, after my family has dinner at my grandparent’s house, we go to Mass around midnight. Mass is always a great addition to any day, but there is something so special about going to mass with my family on Christmas eve. 

I’d love to know: what are your favorite traditions in your family? I love hearing other traditions and fun things that other families do during the holidays!

Much love,

Chloe

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Holiday Movie Marathon Must-Haves

Hey y’all! ‘Tis the season to be freezin’, and what’s better to on a cold night than watch Christmas movies? In this post, I’m going to be talking about what I think is absolutely necessary for a SUPER FESTIVE Christmas movie marathon. Also, a recipe for hot chocolate & listing my favorite holiday movies if you need any inspiration!

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ONE.

Candles. Yes, I know, I’m just saying this because of my obsession with candles but WHAT is more festive than a winter scented candle making your house/room/apartment smell like snowflakes and happiness. just saying.

TWO.

Hot Chocolate. I make mine with almond milk, and hot chocolate is one of my favorite things (besides coffee. which I will most likely have instead of hot chocolate . don’t judge plz). And what’s a holiday movie marathon without hot chocolate? Cold, tasteless and not as fun as a movie marathon that has hot chocolate. Find my Almond Milk Hot Chocolate recipe here!

THREE.

Anything soft and fuzzy. Socks, pants, blankets, sweatshirts, or all of the above. As I said before, ’tis the season to be freezin’ and I’m personally not a fan of being cold while watching a movie.

FOUR.

A super festive holiday movie. A few of my favorites are

  • Elf
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • A Christmas Carol (2004 version with Kelsey Grammer As Ebenezer Scrooge)
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

Stay festive y’all.

Much love,

Chloe

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8