There’s no place like home for the holidays

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It’s been a wonderful yet busy Fall and Christmastime, and I am oh so happy and thankful that my office enjoys a two week Christmas break! The three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break are always filled to the brim with seasonal, festive activities, events, and parties… something I definitely adore! But I certainly can attest that I’m just itching to get home for the holidays. I am most excited to be reunited with my family – my most favorite people in the world during my favorite days of the year!

My plans for Christmas break:

  • soak up tons of much-needed family time (I’m especially excited for the days all five of us will be together!)
  • reunite with as many North Carolina friends as possible
  • eat some of my favorite foods from back home (like chex mix… hint, hint!)
  • watch endless Christmas movies and bake Christmas cookies with Bridgette
  • enjoy countless bubble baths – I seriously can’t wait!
  • work on lots of wedding planning, refining my business, expanding in some other ways, and a blog overhaul, I hope
  • relax, relax, relax
  • cheer on my Tar Heels in Chapel Hill
  • play tennis and read some new books
  • hope for a little snow… even if it is North Carolina!
  • celebrate the true reason for this Advent and Christmas season!

What excites you most about the holidays? What are your favorite traditions during Christmas? I would love to hear!

It’s Christmastime in the city

This post may be picture overload, but it’s been so fun checking things off my Christmas in DC to-do list! Here are some of my favorite outings and sightings from around the city over the last 2.5 weeks. It’s sure been a fun, nonstop month filled with Christmas cheer!

Christmas decorations in Dupont

Christmas carolers & hot toddies at the infamous Willard Hotel

happy hour + local Christmas shopping at the Chinatown Holiday Market

the giant reindeer at City Center DC

a Crockpotluck dinner party

Christmas at Union Station

a tour and tasting at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown

DAR Christmas Open House + Founding Farmers dinner

birthday drinks at a new restaurant

volunteering at my church’s Christmas clothing shop extravaganza, serving over 400 families

bottomless birthday brunch

exploring the decked out US Botanic Gardens

visiting the (very scrawny) Capitol Christmas tree & the (scaffolded) Capitol

Christmas decor downtown

annual girl’s night out at the Ritz in Georgetown

hosting a Tacky Christmas Sweater party

…and plenty of DC Christmas trees!