December 24

The party last night was a success, despite the typical little last minute craziness. I was able to spend time with so many friends from my hometown who I love very much but don’t get to see very often.

Christmas Cookies

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While I definitely overindulged on my favorite queso dip & my father’s penne ala vodka, I also took the liberty of sampling all of the desserts last night. My favorite were Quinn’s sugar cookies… icing optional! As per our Christmas Eve tradition, my siblings & cousins attended a movie earlier today. We came home quickly to change for Mass. I am sure it was unsurprising, given my food choices last night, that I went for a Calvin Klein peplum dress with J.Crew pumps.

Peplums & Pumps

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 The service was simple – a reminder of all of our blessings during the holidays. The most memorable element, however, was the homily. Father Lasch, who was the priest at the Catholic school Meghan & I attended, spoke of how ALL people are welcome in the Church. Because I worry about the potential for exclusion of certain people, his was a powerful reminder that no one is excluded, especially at Christmas.

Church Christmas Wreath

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Tonight, we exchanged presents with our Sibling Secret Santa, ate a delicious dinner that my Uncle Paul & father made, dressed in our Christmas PJs from my mother, and decorated our Christmas tree – better late than never!

Although there is always some unexpected/expected chaos during the holidays, we can’t help but remember just how lucky we are. My cousin, Ryan, & I will probably be up for several more hours laughing. Hopefully, it won’t be too late or Santa might miss our house!

Only ONE more sleep till Christmas Day…

ERIN ★

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