Photography by: Emily Solberg
If I haven’t already made it clear, Christmastime brings me amounts of happiness equal to how I feel when I see a litter of adorable puppies. Sadly we don’t have room for an entire litter of puppies in our tiny house, but if I carefully rearrange every room of our home I can manage to squeeze in at least three Christmas trees. This cozy outfit is perfect to wear on your trip to pick out just the right tree. I love the versatility of these pieces–the vest would also look good paired with a striped tee and jeans. You can snag an identical blanket scarf using the link above, and better yet–you can save 20% if you use the code “flavorandflair” at checkout. Alternatively, you could ditch the vest, add a simple necklace, some heels, and show off the back for a chic night out.
Traditions are very important to me. I’m not sure which element of my personality is responsible for this (my friends would be quick to tell you which Myers-Briggs trait is to blame), but I struggle to mix things up when it comes to the holidays. After having conversations with friends over the years, I don’t think I’m the only one desperate to hold on to the magic of Christmas as a kid. It can be a struggle to balance celebrating the old traditions and creating new ones as you start building a life of your own.
My favorite way to honor past Christmases is to have a traditional Christmas tree. Nothing hits me harder in the feels than pulling out old Christmas ornaments. I firmly believe that a Christmas tree should be filled in larger part with memories than with perfectly placed ribbons. I adore the ornaments that my parents let me keep from when I was little. Hanging them on the tree takes me back to hanging them up with help from my mom and dad. I cherish the snowflake ornaments that my grandfather handmade me a few years ago. I treasure the ornaments Wes & I chose together to remember our travels over the years. I especially love the ornaments with pictures of Roxie and Deacon. I would so much rather have a hodgepodge of sentimental ornaments than a perfectly constructed tree that sticks to a theme and a complementary color scheme. A tradition Wes and I have started is choosing a real Christmas tree. While it’s convenient to have an artificial tree (and okay, probably easier on my allergies), we love the magic (and smell) of a real Christmas tree. Besides, we spend most of our time hunting for the perfect tree laughing and quoting Christmas Vacation. “Lotta sap in here! Mmmm… Looks great! Little full, lotta sap.”
That being said, there’s certainly a big enough part of me that is into aesthetics (uh, I have a fashion blog…) to warrant decorating the department store tree. You know, that tree that looks like it belongs in a store window, not your living room. Enter tree #2. This tree blends a little of the old with the new–it’s an artificial tree passed down to me from my parents (it predated the pre-lit trees, but don’t worry–if you leave the lights on it year round while you store it in the attic it’s just as good). I had fun decorating this tree with hues of purple, gold, and silver to complement our foyer. I added ornaments with our initials (in the right colors) to give it another personal touch.
What are your favorite Christmas memories? Have you started any new traditions of your own?