After my birthday I decided to take a week off from blogging, just to recoup from the residual finals week stress. After my last final on Friday, I loaded up my car and headed home. We just had pizza for dinner, but the next day on Saturday morning we went to a cafe in the city for chai and crepes for lunch.
After that we went to New Jersey for my grandmother’s annual Tree Trim party on Sunday. Every year most of my extended family gets together at my grandmother’s house to eat together and deck my grandparents’ gigantic tree. This year we also took some family portraits, courtesy of my father’s cousin. Since the party is always a big to-do, on Saturday night just my dad’s family with my aunt, uncle, and cousins, had dinner just the ten of us. It is always so nice to see my family, especially those who I haven’t seen since last year. For the party, I wore this beautiful velvet dress from Target.
After we left New Jersey, I was finally able to settle in at home. Since I’m home for a month long break, I brought practically my entire dorm back with me. After I unpacked, I also decorated my room for Christmas. This is a tradition of my own, I decorate my room and my door as well. I have my little two foot tree that I deck with my little stash of ornaments. I have my stockings that I hung over my window and my little nativity scene that I finally found all of the figures for this past summer. I didn’t do very much the rest of the week. However, I did go to visit my boyfriend for a couple of days. He is the absolute sweetest, and when he met me with a bouquet of roses on the train platform for my birthday. We just hung out and watched Bob’s Burgers, which is our current Netflix obsession. Once I got back home, the rest of the week was spent watching the Gilmore Girls revival.
On Christmas Eve, I went to my other grandparent’s house. My aunt and uncle’s family came in from California and we ate dinner with them, my grandparents, and my other aunt’s family. I ended up wearing a dress that was a present from Sarah and a gray cardigan from JC Penney.
After dinner and our gift exchange we all went to church together for the evening Christmas Eve service. My grandparents’ church is beautiful, with a large wall sized organ and high, vaulted ceilings. It;s decorated with wreaths, Christmas trees, and poinsettias.
On Christmas morning I woke up relatively early (for me, anyway!). I exchanged gifts with my parents, and we watched the Yule Log while we did so. I ended up getting the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by JK Rowling and I spent the majority of the day reading it. Then we had our steak and vegetarian chicken dinner (steak for my parents and the veggie chicken for me of course). During dinner we watched the Charlie Brown Movie and The Family Stone. All around, it was a relaxing and peaceful holiday.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas! I can’t quite believe that 2016 is coming to an end so soon. I must admit that while 2016 was a pretty good year for me, on the world scale it was pretty rough. I hope that for all of our sakes, 2017 treats us all much better.