It all started the day before Christmas Eve. A trip to Anthropologie, holiday drinks at Starbucks, baking, dinner, and Home Alone with Anne and Jack (and Buddy–obviously).
I woke up feeling pretty off the morning of Christmas Eve. As mentioned here, this was my first Christmas alone in ten years which was a bit of an adjustment. I am in a really great place, but Christmas brought back lots of memories which wasn't easy for me. In an effort to snap out of it, I went to CrossFit for the 12 days of Christmas WOD (so many burpees), took a hot bath, and had a chat with my best girl Alaina. Fortunately, she was able to convince me to stick with our original plan and I quickly got it together to join her for Christmas in the burbs with her family. And I'm so glad that I did. She is my Cristina Yang.
Buddy and I felt right at home at Alaina's mom's house. The pups did really well, I met her new niece and nephew, and there was lots of holiday cheer. We enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner, played Scattergories, watched It's a Wonderful Life, a little bit of A Christmas Story, The Holiday and While You Were Sleeping. Christmas day was spent eating, watching movies, and relaxing. We saw a few tiny snowflakes fall in the burbs and returned to some snow in the city. Not the big, white snowflakes I was hoping for, but it ended up being a white Christmas after all. I walked in to my cozy little home, took a hot bath, framed some new art, lit my Christmas candles, and watched Christmas movies.
A very big thank you to Alaina and her family to welcoming me into their home on Christmas. It was different than my last few Christmases, but ended up being a very Merry Christmas in the end. Hope you all enjoyed the holiday!