Christmas Feels: How we celebrated this year

Christmas came and went, but it’s still the season for us! In fact, my Dominican/Puertorican culture celebrates through mid-January! We did keep it simple with our Christmas Eve having a typical dinner with family in my home. We ate, opened presents and watched Christmas movies. On Christmas Day, I made brunch for the hubby and me, watched more movies, had leftovers for dinner and ended up watching the new Aquaman in the Theaters. Even though I was feeling a little sad about not having my parents and siblings with me this year, and we’ve experienced terrible loss this year, I was determined to not fall into the Christmas Blues. I really enjoyed spending Christmas with my husband and dear cousin, her husband and kids. Sometimes all you need is a small family gathering to feel connected.

The Tree

I always have one stand-out ornament in my tree. Every year I feature one. Last year it was a laser cut wooden ornament my sister brought me from Germany. This year, it’s a blue Santa I bought at the Biltmore Estate Christmas Shoppe in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Bar & the Mantle

I’m so happy with my new bar, I purchased on Wayfair. The decor is a mix of different purchases from Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods and even the Dollar Tree. Same goes for the decor on my mantle. The Nutcracker, I’ve had for years, since we moved to Texas and it’s my husband’s favorite piece, even if it’s broken.

The Gifts

I’m always looking for ways to reduce my environmental impact, and the Holidays is one of our planet’s largest contributors of plastic pollution. Between packaging and wrapping, the waste is excessive, to say the least. I decided to go with the least impactful wrapping option. I used mailing paper, which is inexpensive and 100% recyclable, and handmade the bows with wired ribbon which is re-usable. Adding a few other fun elements like silk flowers, berries from a floral arrangement and small branches from my Christmas tree.

Christmas Eve

Hubby & me on Christmas Eve
Wiggles on Christmas Day

Christmas Day Brunch

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