THE COZIEST SWEATER UNDER $40 & 6 FESTIVE/CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Christmas traditions are some of the best parts of the Winter season.  Every family has different ways of celebrating that help to bring the season to life.  Christmas just wouldn’t quite feel like the beautiful season that it is unless these traditions were taken part in.  This is the perfect outfit for so many of these traditions.  The moto pants and cardigan keep it casual while the heels give it a little added style (see details at bottom of post).  Here are my families traditions in a nutshell:

  1.  Christmas Movies:

    Christmas movies are always the first thing that really gets me excited that the holidays are here.  I always find myself starting the season off with a little viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life to make my heart really get into the spirit.  Then of course, it is quite wonderful to cuddle up on the couch with some hot cocoa and candy and partake in the best of them all, Home Alone.

  2.  A Beach Trip Close to the Holidays:

    Every year, for the past five years or so, my family has gone on an overnight stay at a beachfront hotel a week before Christmas.  There’s something so magical about visiting the beach at Christmastime.  Maybe it’s because no one is around, and the beach has a different vibe than it does in it’s summer months, or maybe it’s the beautiful christmas lights that tend to sparkle a little extra when they are next to the ocean.  Regardless, it wouldn’t feel quite like the holidays without this little vacation.

  3. Viewing Christmas Lights:

    Viewing Christmas lights while bundled up is always a favorite of mine.  Grab a hot coffee and stroll through your most beautiful neighborhood to be mesmerized by the twinkling lights.  Our area has a wonderful spot where the whole neighborhood really goes to town and puts up amazing lights on every single home.  We look forward to it every year.

  4. Christmas Scavenger Hunt:

    Every Christmas Eve, my wonderful mother-in-law, sends everyone in the family (moms, dads, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, etc) on a scavenger hunt for their biggest, most exciting present.  She writes a complex clue that’s often pretty difficult to decipher.  After we all read our clues, we break off and try our best to find our present on around 400 acres of property.  I must admit I’ve had issues finding mine at times but it is ALWAYS so much fun.  It’s by far my favorite Christmas Eve tradition.

  5. Building a Gingerbread House:

    There is no time of the year where you can feasibly build a gingerbread house other than this one.  My hubby and I have both never really build one, so this year we build a kit and decided to make it a tradition.  It’s a fun project to do together and the best part is eating it afterward!

  6. Going Ice Skating:

    I must confess, I’m not very graceful.  Ice skating is more like clutching to my hubby for dear life because the second I let go, I’m on the ground.  We don’t do this every year, but it’s something that I adore.  Ice skating is a true winter activity that really gets you in the spirit of things!

What are some of your most favorite traditions?  I would love to hear them!

xoxo,

Abbie

|  Sweater Coat:  Target  |  Tee:  Nordstrom  |  Pants:  Express (similar)  |  Heels:  Louboutin  |  Handbag:  Saint Laurent (this season’s version here)  |

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  1. Irene Dunn
    December 20, 2016 / 7:01 am

    Merry Christmas ! Traditions are the best memory makers. Christmas movies and baking cookies are among my favorites. Special ornaments and bursting Christmas stockings warm my heart as well.
    I cannot wait this year for my grand babies to see the tree adorned with with vintage ornaments of their Daddy’s youth.
    Hugs to all, Matthew, Barb, Robbie, Kathy, and your sweet Mom!
    Merry Christmas!!

    • aarbrun@gmail.com
      December 20, 2016 / 8:13 am

      Oh that sounds so very wonderful! I completely forgot about hanging all of the special ornaments…that is one of my most favorite parts as well! It sounds as though your grand babies will absolutely love the tree! Isn’t this season just absolutely magical?!
      Hugs to you! I’ll be sure to tell them all!
      Merry Christmas!

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