Merry Christmas!

Photo by Rebekah Senter Photography, Styling by Stephanie Scholl Events

Merry, merry Christmas!!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:10-14

Thanksgiving + Christmas in NYC


This post is a little late, since Christmas is almost here, but I had to share anyway! My family and I spent a week in New York City for Thanksgiving, and we had the very best time there together!! Bridgette and Rob, my sister & brother in law, live there, my parents and I flew into town to spend Thanksgiving week together. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen my sister so excited, which was really cute – and I know we were all very much looking forward to the trip!

Some of the trip highlights were:

Bridgette & Rob hosting an amazing Thanksgiving in their home (we even used their wedding china!)

Grand Central + dinner at UrbanSpace

tons and tons of walking around the city – with the most gorgeous weather almost the entire week!

macarons at Laduree on the UES

exploring the holiday shops + ice skating rink at Bryant Park

so many delicious home-cooked meals, accompanied by plenty of wine

seeing all of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons inflated the night before the parade

beautiful sunsets over the city from their apartment

manicures + wine date with Mom and Bridgette for Mom’s birthday

strolls through Central Park

Christmas decorations everywhere!

NYC bagels with cream cheese

having so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving (and every day!)

spending part of Thanksgiving afternoon with some friends of Bridgette & Rob’s (one of which I met at the Making Things Happen conference, which made it even more fun!!)

such a fun day exploring the Upper West Side: the Museum of Natural History, an amazing Shake Shack lunch, re-living the moving You’ve Got Mail, checking out beautiful Riverside Park, the most perfect weather, seeing Cafe Lalo


Christmas trees everywhere!

German beer + food at the Standard Biergarten

strolling the High Line

popping into shops at the Chelsea Market

seeing NYU, where Bridgette is in grad school

church with the family

strolling along 5th Avenue to take in all of the Christmas decorations and amazing window displays of the major shops

popping into the Plaza to see the painting of Eloise and the Plaza Christmas tree (my all time favorite!)



such a fun (and supremely delicious!) birthday dinner on the Upper East Side for my mom!

It was a truly wonderful week in NYC with my family, and we were so grateful to spend all of that time together. We had SUCH a good time!!! There’s really nothing like New York during the holidays, and it’s such a magical, beautiful, and fun place to be!

Thanks again for hosting us, Bridgette & Rob!!

Christmas To-Do List 2015

Christmas - Ally
image by Ally King Photography; styling by me

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, no doubt about it. I am definitely one of those people who can’t get enough of any and everything Christmas! No shame. As I have mentioned multiple times (like here), I adore making seasonal to-do lists filled to the brim with adventures and activities I’ve spent the last six Christmases in DC, and had created so many special traditions there – and now it’s time to celebrate the season in the Triangle!

  • volunteer several times throughout the month (I need to research ideas since I’m new to town!)
  • host my annual Christmas movie + Christmas cookie party
  • enjoy a quiet night at home with the Christmas tree lit + egg nog
  • mail Christmas cards
  • decorate gingerbread houses at the Carolina Inn at the Southern Weddings event
  • explore the Christmas festivities in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill
  • enjoy several Christmas cookie swaps with friends
  • find meaningful ways to give at Christmas
  • spend a week at home in Charlotte with my family & friends!

If you’re local and have any favorite events or festivities you love, be sure to let me know! I’m definitely on the hunt for Christmas activities to enjoy around town.

image by Ally King Photography, styling by Stephanie Scholl Events, candle from Parris Chic Boutique