Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Long time, no see, blog friends!

Over the past few weeks, I have wrapped up classes and taken exams, started a winter session course on Urban Education, and have been ever-so-busy getting myself into the holiday spirit!

For the first time since high school, this year, I was able to come home well before Thanksgiving, and will be home through Christmas and New Year's. 2020 has taken so much from each of us- I refuse to let it erase the joy of my most favorite season of the year!

Thanksgiving was spent at home, with only my immediate family. Although it was strange- and lonely- without some of my family around the dinner table, it is important that we each do our part to keep our communities and families safe and healthy.

I dressed up in a festive fall outfit and helped my parents cook all day long. We ate turkey, mashed potatoes, gluten-free corn bread, spinach balls (my favorite!) and of course dessert!

I made an apple pie from scratch- crust and all- and it didn't turn out half bad. I've definitely been bit by the baking bug lately, and I hope to bake some more ambitious projects as Christmas approaches.

After a quiet Thanksgiving, we ventured out as a family to pick out our Christmas tree. This year, we brought Lucky with us- wearing his Christmas sweater, of course!

Setting up and decorating our tree always brightens my spirit. We listen to Christmas music and have a fire in the fire place while putting up our lights and ornaments. Some of my favorite memories, like preschool picture day and my first Christmas with Bryce are commemorated on our tree.

This weekend, Bryce and I baked Taylor Swift's recipe for Chai Eggnog Sugar Cookies. They were fantastic, and SO festive! If you have a favorite holiday baking project, let me know. I would love to try more!

While we stay at home and online-shop 'til the sales are over, I have also really enjoyed catching up on shows and movies that I haven't had the time for during the semester. I've particularly loved Dash & Lilly (Netflix), The Queen's Gambit (Netflix), The Great British Baking Show (Netflix), and my guilty pleasure, the Bachelorette. I've also recently just devoured a super fun book series- The American Royals!

What are you watching and reading this holiday season? I would love to hear what you are doing to celebrate the holidays while staying safe.

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