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The Week Before Christmas

This week has been insanely busy.

It all started off with the quintessential holiday outdoor ice-skating downtown.
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Wearing the same skates I had when I was 9 years old and in figure skating lessons…

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Since the skating rink is right next to the lake the wind made it feel like it was approximately -10,000 degrees outside so the skating was shortly replaced with indoor activities..aka happy hour drinks next door.

The rest of the week consisted of multiple after work trips to the mall, lengthy drives home due to the excessive amount of traffic, and lots of baking + last minute decorating.

I had some serious issues trying to get these stockings hung evenly..

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My Christmas baking included vanilla cupcakes…

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Some peppermint bark brownies.

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And some pastel sugar cookies.

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There were also some cranberry bliss bars involved that I forgot to photograph.

Then after about 3 more trips to the mall it was finally Christmas Eve. I woke up and headed to the grocery store to grab some forgotten items (rosemary, ice, batteries). I thought this would be a pretty quick trip out buuuuut 4 grocery stores later and I had to give up on ever finding fresh rosemary. When I finally got back home it was time for a drink. The plan was to make cranberry, rosemary, and apple sangria.. but without the rosemary it turned into more of a cranberry & mint wine cocktail, which was umm.. interesting. But at least it looked cute.

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Clearly not letting the rosemary fiasco get me down…img_8527-1

The rest of the evening was spent with the fam, consuming large amounts of baked brie and binge watching Christmas movies until bedtime.

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Christmas morning started around 8:00am and I was ready to go in my reindeer pjs.

Obviously too excited to make my bed…

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Coffee with a generous pour of Baileys was in order.

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Then it was time for pressies.

Olive is wondering if this one is her for her..

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And she was pretty upset when she realized it wasn’t.

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When I opened this particular gift I thought my sister had gotten me a giant blue bubble wrap clutch…

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But really it was this gorgeous thing.

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After all the gifts were opened mom and I started setting the tables for our 24 person Christmas dinner.

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Then I got dressed and we had some bubbles and prepared a bit of a charcuterie board for a pre-dinner snack.

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Christmas dinner outfit:

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When everyone started arriving I tucked my camera away to properly catch up with all of the family members I haven’t seen since before I left for school in Ontario. The rest of the evening was fantastic and filled with tons of wine, family time, and a massive turkey dinner (apparently a 25 pound turkey was an over-estimation on my dad’s part). I foresee a lot of leftovers in the near future..and i’m not mad about it.

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