Okay, so I don’t actually have a partridge (I’ll spare you a Danny Bonaduce photo) or a pear tree, but I definitely have two festive outfits to share from my Christmas celebrations! Every year my family gets together to celebrate Christmas at multiple locations for multiple meals. First up is Christmas Eve which is spent at my mom’s house – the house we all grew up in – where we have a big dinner and we do a Secret Santa gift exchange. Here is outfit #1:
I am wearing my new favorite fantastic fox sweater (Old Navy) tucked into a high-waist green plaid flannel skirt (handmade by yours truly) with my new favorite booties (O’Neill via Ross). I accessorized with handmade green jingle bell earrings and handmade wrap bracelets in emerald and mint (also made by me) and finished the look off with a piece of deep green velvet ribbon that I tied in my hair.
I absolutely love this time of year and (clearly) I decided to go all out with my festive ensemble for Christmas Eve with the family. I love it when the house is full and my brothers and sisters and I are all back together again. Christmas has always been a bit of a big deal in our family so one gathering is not enough, which is why everyone comes back over the next morning in their pj’s to open stockings and eat a big breakfast. Then we all go our separate ways again to shower and get dressed up for grandma’s house. Here’s outfit #2:
I am wearing a simple black t-shirt with a black leather motorcycle jacket (borrowed from Mom – thanks, Mom!) over a red lace skirt (Old Navy, old) and black tights. I paired this outfit with my leopard print Keds to add a little kick (get it??) and accessorized with simple red stud earrings and my mint wrap bracelet. I have to tell you that my brother came up with the best description for this outfit and I promised I would share; so, this ensemble is now known as “Punk Rock Ballerina!”
Now, I’ve mentioned Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas morning breakfast, but the real big deal of the holiday has always been Christmas Day dinner at Grandma’s house. My grandmother spends weeks before Christmas creating a menu and a shopping list and preparing for the biggest feast of the year. Just to give you an idea, this year my grandmother made a huge pan of lasagna, an equally huge pan of chicken parmigiana, two large pork rolls stuffed with spinach, a huge holiday ham, roasted Brussels sprouts, mixed vegetables and we also had mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls, stuffed olives, stuffed mushrooms, Italian antipasto, and another table full of goodies for dessert! Is it any wonder why I love this holiday so much?? My family has always gathered around the table for any and all occasions and Christmas is always the biggest of all! Here’s me with my grandma, Addie Raschiatore :)
I hope you all had a lovely holiday, however you celebrate and whatever traditions you follow, this time of year can be hectic and crazy, but I hope it is also filled with plenty of love, laughter and cheer! Thanks for reading and happy holidays :)