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Christmas Adventures

Well, friends, this will be my last post until after Christmas. I intend to resume blogging on December 29, just in time to wrap up 2014 and share with you all my resolutions and plans for 2015. However, before I disappear into Christmas Land, I want to bring you all a little bit of the holiday spirit and share with you all the holiday activities that have been (happily) keeping me from writing and editing.

IMG_20141206_143114 (1)1. Decorating the Tree

This year may be my last holiday in my childhood home, as my parents are in the process of building a new house. So, I did what anyone from my generation would do and chronicled the decoration process on Instagram. Because, you know, Millennial.

20141222_2021032. Buying Presents & Stocking Stuffers

I love my family, but I am so glad to be done buying stuff for them. This year, Christmas shopping was like a hydra — I crossed an item off my list and three more appeared. However, I am happy to report that I am finally DONE.

3. Preparing for Company

Daniel’s brother is coming all the way from Australia to visit us for Christmas (or, more accurately, gallivant around the U.S. with his friend, but let’s pretend it’s about us for a minute). I still have some work to do around the house to make the guest room habitable, but at the very least, his presents are all ready to go. That’s the important thing, right?

IMG_20141214_1445194. Wrapping Presents

I take extreme pride in my wrapping skills. I joke about myself a lot, because I am not a typical “wife,” and I have very little interest in domestic activities. But present wrapping? I got this. All day long. Seriously, it took me the better part of an afternoon (and a few other stolen moments) to wrap all our Christmas presents, and what you see here is only the tip of the iceberg.

20141222_2021305. Baking Sugar Cookies

My family is not particularly culinary, but we have one killer sugar cookie recipe. My mom did all the difficult work with these, but I helped run the cookie cutter and did a lot of frosting and sprinkling. It just isn’t Christmas in our house until these get baked, and we’ve already got relatives knocking down the door to get their dozen.

6. Going to Family Dinners

3 down. 2 to go.

20141222_2006187. Making an Ornament

As you all know, this is my and Daniel’s first Christmas as a married couple. Due to the “distractions” of NaNoWriMo and work, I missed most of the ship dates for handmade Etsy “Our First Christmas” ornaments. Therefore, I made our own. Now, my artistic talent is pretty much limited to writing, but I think I did okay. They say “Dan & Kate’s First Christmas 2014” in red and green, and the strips of paper on the inside contain words from our wedding ceremony. Not too bad for a non-artist. I think this is a tradition I would like to continue.

20141222_200638I love Christmas. I love decorating, crafting, gift-giving, and spending time with loved ones. However, I’m pretty freaking tired. As crazy as it will sound to the non-writers (and even some writers) out there, I’m really ready to get back to writing and start on some editing so I can have a break and rest. Luckily, though, I think most everything is done and now it’s simply a matter of smiling through it all (Oh! And opening presents!).

No matter what or if you celebrate this holiday season, I hope you find yourself surrounded by loved ones and full of joy (or you know, sugar and wine).

See you on the other side,



12 thoughts on “Christmas Adventures”

  1. Mom and I baked sugar cookies on Saturday, and it was so much fun. While we waited for the spritz dough to cool (so we could use the fancy cookie press), we even snuck in a game of Holiday Scrabble where cookie words were worth double. I also think you did great on your ornament!

    Merry Christmas, Kate and Dan!

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  2. This is our first Christmas, too, except we’re spending it alone in our own apartment to see what kinds of traditions we come up with. So far, it’s stay inside all day on the 24th and 25th. We’ll see what else we come up with.

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  3. You are so much better at present wrapping than I am. This year I got so frugal that I resorted to sharpie on wrapping paper for the names. 🙂 I’ll post my own family traditions later today or tomorrow. It’s so fun to see how traditions vary, even in the same country.

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    1. I refer to present wrapping as “my one housewife skill.” Of course, I do fancy myself a decent baker as well. Between my parents and husband, the four of us each have our own wrapping paper design so no tags are necessary. However, for the rest of the family, I have to break out the tags. Thanks for sharing!


      1. This is a fun idea. My mother-in-law sent us packages without tags–but my present was in Frozen wrapping paper, and my husband’s was in Batman paper. Hard to get mixed up.

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