Christmas Vacation

The Everygirl office closes from Christmas to New Year’s Day. It’s so nice to just have time at home to relax, organize, and be cozy – which is all you can do when it’s 30 degrees colder than freezing outside. I can’t leave the house without this and these although my motivation to do anything is at a solid zero right now. Let’s not forget that I’m from a place where 50 is very cold, cold day.

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We woke up on Christmas Eve (morning) to a snowy Chicago, and made my favorite pancakes. We had dinner with Conor’s dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve and spent Christmas day at his mom’s house. We cooked, wore matching Christmas PJs, watched movies, and played our new favorite game. In spite of the sub zero temps, I talked Conor into driving around the burbs with me to see all the houses covered in snow and Christmas decor. The snow really adds a little something, don’t you think?

I finally saw The Godfather for the first time! It really wasn’t scary at all – I liked it a lot! I can’t be the only one who hasn’t seen it, right? And we started Outlander. I like it but it’s a little strange, which is probably the appeal. Has anyone finished it?

The next few days will be spent hibernating, looking at a few potential condos, and we’re planning a very low-key NYE.

Our garland and tree were looking pretty dry so we took Christmas down today. I used to always leave my Christmas decor up until New Year’s so maybe it’s a sign of aging, but as much as I love the holidays, it’s nice to get ready for the start of a new year. And I’m really excited for 2018.

Happy Holidays & happy almost 2018!

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  • Hi Danielle, love your blog. I am a huge fan of Outlander. It is one of my favorite t.v. shows currently. I have finished all three seasons and currently reading book 4. It is a great story, great acting and writing. I hope you keep watching! There are good episodes in season 1, especially the wedding episode. Anyways, happy new year! Cheers.

    1. Hi Lauren! I’m enjoying it but I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with it! Definitely interested to see how it all plays out since I have some weird theories. Ha. Happy New Year to you, too!

  • I have watched all of Outlander and it’s definitely bonkers! But in a fun way! But I also focused on 18th century British literature for my PhD so I’m like the target audience for this show haha. I love the setting and the costumes are amazing—the show is excellent at portraying the materiality of history. I even write recaps of the show for an 18th century in pop culture website so clearly I’m a fan. That said, it can get Game of Thrones level violent, which is my least favorite part of it.

    But what I really came here to say is that I love that you’re excited for 2018! I don’t really feel that way and I was wondering if you have anything you do that gets you excited for a new year? Like little rituals or practices? It’s my least favorite holiday (actually, I hate it) and I’m trying to have a more positive approach. Obviously you could just be excited because you have fun things in store! But if it is more of a mindset you get in, then I’d love to know what steps you take to get there. I hope your new year is a good one!

    1. It’s a lot but I enjoy it. Just doesn’t feel like a show I want to binge for some reason.

      A new year just makes me feel ready for change. I know the upcoming year won’t be perfect but it’s a chance to see and experience new things, to grow, and to hopefully travel somewhere new, too. Does that make sense? And I do have some fun things in store this year which helps. Last year was wonderful but also an emotional roller coaster and I’m excited to move on from that.

  • I was in Chicago yesterday and oh my goodness the cold is just unspeakable! Hats off to you for surviving and thriving in it! I’ve never been so happy to get back to LA…and it was 78 degrees today….70 degrees warmer than temps I saw yesterday!!

    I’m too am excited for 2018 and can’t wait to follow along on your adventures via your blog! Happy New Year!