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^This picture was taken at a Christmas party a few days ago and I absolutely LOVE it! Definitely one of my favorites from this Christmas season. 

 

OK, by this point, my love for Christmas is clearly no secret at all. Therefore, with today being Christmas Eve, I saw it only right for me to share some more of the specific things that make Christmas so special to me. So, I made a list of my favorite Christmas-related things.

 


 

Favorite Christmas Movie?

My favorite Christmas movie is a tie between Elf and Home Alone 2. I seriously love these films SO much and may or may not watch them all year round… Nonetheless, they’re amazing, and they’re both set in NYC which just makes them even better, right?

 

Favorite Christmas Song?

OK, I’m splitting this into two questions because picking just one song related to Christmas is WAY too hard. So, my favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night, but my favorite Christmas song is All I Want For Christmas is You.

 

Favorite Christmas Tradition?

One of my favorite Christmas traditions actually takes place on Christmas Eve (lol). But every Christmas Eve my family and I build a gingerbread house, watch Elf, and exchange one gift (which is almost always pajamas). It sounds simple, but I love it SO much!

 

Favorite Type of Christmas Tree: Real or Fake?

REAL! No question about it.

 

Favorite Place to Spend the Holidays?

OK, because I am from Australia, 12 out of the 15 Christmas Days I’ve experienced thus far have been in hot weather. However, I must admit, I prefer a cold Christmas to a hot Christmas any day. So my favorite place to spend the holidays is for sure anywhere cold with my family.

 


 

I seriously cannot believe that Christmas has come so quickly. I am praying that you all have a wonderful day filled with love and joy, and that you remember that although these celebrations are great, the reason behind this season is so much greater. May we all be reminded of our Lord’s everlasting love and goodness to us!

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.

 

Sincerely,

M. xo.

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OK, if you weren’t aware, New York was showing off this weekend… BIG TIME! Seriously, waking up on Saturday morning to a snow-covered city was probably one of the most exciting moments of my week! (What can I say? I get excited…) Anyway, I had the most magical day.

I first had brunch with my amazing friend Kate and our Moms at Maison Kayser at Columbus Circle. Maison Kayser is a chain of beautiful French café’s across the city that I seriously LOVE! It’s so beautiful and the food is amazing and the bread is even better and ahh. Great place.

From there, Kate and I bid farewell to our parental units and went to Central Park to enjoy the snow. I know I know, we’re crazy. It was so cold out and we nearly fell so many times, but it was so beautiful. After taking a ridiculous amount of pictures and singing our favorite carols a little too loud (whoops), we attempted to look at the holiday windows on 5th Avenue. Key word here is attempted, because once we arrived, it quickly became evident that our grand plans of cute boomerangs at the Bergdorf’s windows were not going to happen. So we quickly switched routes and imparted our energy into baking a grand Christmas cake.

We went to the grocery store, wrote a list, bought our supplies, went to CVS, came home and actually felt like real adults (HA)! The next three hours consisted of a lot of singing, marshmallows, and cake-planning, but it was so fun. We made a four layer chocolate peppermint cake with cream cheese frosting and candy canes, which sounded (and looked) amazing, but honestly was kinda ordinary. It’s fine though, it was the experience that counted.

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^^our “rustic Christmas” cake.

 

The rest of the day was filled with makeovers, more carols (because, Christmas), and my schools Christmas Concert where Kate had a grand ol’ time taking pictures of me singing in my red robe haha!

I love winter weekends with friends, and am feeling so blessed to have such amazing people in my life.

I’m praying you’re all enjoying this beautiful Christmas season!

 

Sincerely,

M. xo.