Whooooooo’s ready for Christmas?!?
For me the answer to this question is sort of a good news/bad news situation. The good news is Michael and I basically have no obligations this year for Christmas, which also means no stress. We ‘bought each other furniture’ for our Christmas/anniversary gifts this year (my idea bc I really, really wanted new living room furniture and needed a good way to sell the idea to my somewhat stingy hubby who’s favorite question for me is “what’s wrong with what we have?”;)). My family is going to be dispersed this year, so I’m really thankful we were all able to pull together that last minute family gathering for Thanksgiving. We don’t usually exchange gifts unless we’re going to be together (because that’s really where all the fun lies….being together), so I just ordered a few gifts for my two nieces and nephew (My sister’s two little ones, and Michael’s sister’s little girl), and that’s really all the Christmas shopping we had to do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Thankfully, we’ll be heading over to Michael’s mom’s house on Christmas day for dinner, so at least we have that to look forward to, and I think Michael and I might go out for a fancy Christmas Eve dinner downtown. I usually really love this time of year and running around like a chicken with my head chopped off prepping to host and checking everyone off my list, so I suppose I’m feeling a bit lost and depressed with relatively little to do. I wasn’t even going to put a tree up until I came across this DIY flocking powder last week and got excited about flocking our tree (which I did this past weekend and I’ll do a post on it soon;)). I’m crossing my fingers that my family will be able to get together next Christmas. My brother is an air force pilot and he’ll be retiring next year, so he’ll be free (this year he’s working), and my mom is also FINALLY retiring, so it’ll be easier for my parents to travel. My sister is unfortunately in the middle of a divorce after over 20 years of marriage, but hopefully the dust will be settled next year and we can start establishing some new traditions sans her ex-husband. =\
Now onto less depressing topics….
Do you guys already have your Christmas and NYE outfits picked out? I just ordered this adorable green fringe skirt for our potential Christmas Eve dinner downtown. I’m not sure if I’ll get it in time, but I’m crossing my fingers. If not, I’ll just wear it next year.:) I also got this sequin mini dress for NYE, but now I think we might host an oyster roast at the house instead, in which case I would be extremely overdressed in sequins;)
If you’re planning to go out for a fancy schmancy NYE celebration (and not a backyard oyster roast like me;)), I have a ton of cute outfit ideas that I’ve been hoarding in my online shopping carts for the last couple months. All the pieces from Express are currently 50% off and very budget friendly!
Am I remembering things wrong, or are sequin dresses (and rompers, and jumpsuits, and skirts, and pants etc etc etc) waaaay more ubiquitous this year?? Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever worn a sequin dress for NYE even in my 20s because there really weren’t many fast fashion sequined options at the time. If there had been, I can assure you that I would’ve been running around downtown in my heyday decked out in alllll the sequins;) . This year I’m seeing sparkles eve-ry-where, and I kinda love it (as you can probably tell from my picks).
Michael is such a homebody, so he’s never really liked going out for NYE. Even when we first met getting him to go out on a Friday night was like pulling teeth and I used to get so frustrated. Around that time in my life I can remember standing in a bar downtown with all my girlfriends proclaiming that I would never not go out on Friday or Saturday nights. I was such a social butterfly back then and just loved being around hoards of people and dancing my ass off with my girlfriends, but seriously…..what on earth was my 20 something self thinking?!? Evidently I really thought that my party-girl lifestyle was fit for all ages and seasons of life, but in practice that definitely did not work out=\ My roommate and I would usually go out Thursday-Saturday, and then cap things off with a Sunday Funday, and now I’m exhausted just thinking about that. Nowadays I am definitely one half of that couple that we used to sort of make fun of back in the day….the couple that regular party-peeps dread being around on NYE…..you know, the reason NYE is typically coined “amateur night” by the pro partiers. It’s true yall…..we’re officially “those people.” =\