The holidays are in full swing, and many of us are finding ourselves having to regroup on our normal traditions, stay flexible on possible last minute plan changes, and battle the stress of increased shipping times. #2020 y’all! Well, we are here to spread a little holiday cheer for you today! Our stylists are sharing what they are looking forward to doing – and wearing – this holiday season. And even though things are looking a little different for them this year, it still looks like they have some fun things planned! Keep reading for their planned holiday looks and some of their favorite traditions!
Our Holiday Looks + Our Favorite Christmas Traditions
A favorite Christmas tradition of mine is getting together with my mom and spending a day in her kitchen baking goodies for our neighbors and friends. My mom is an incredible baker……me….not so much. But I love this tradition of spending the day making all kinds of sweets and snacks and packaging them up in fun holiday tins for delivery. And now that my little one is older, she absolutely LOVES getting in there with us as well!
We don’t travel on Christmas Day, so it’s become a tradition that we do a big Christmas morning breakfast after we wake up and see what Santa brought! My parents and my mother-in-law both live close by. So they usually all come over at some point that morning and have breakfast with us as well. That will be the plan again this year, and since it will be a fun morning meal (that pictures will most definitely be snapped at), I’m thinking about splurging on some fun jammies for the occasion! And I’ll probably throw on a pair of earrings and pull my hair up in a scrunchie just in case I have to be in some of the pics!
Emily’s Favorite Holiday Traditions
When I was growing up, we would have our family friends over for dinner, go to the movies and watch the latest Christmas movie. And then head to church for the late night candlelight service on Christmas Eve. We will definitely still be having a Christmas Eve dinner (even if it’s just Larry and me). I know for a fact that I will be watching my favorite Christmas movie of all time – “White Christmas”. The wardrobe and the storyline always leave me speechless and in tears. We’ll light the fire and enjoy a glass of wine and talk about how cute our new puppy, Endo, is…and how blessed we are. Endo is definitely the best early Christmas gift!
This year, I want to wear red for our Christmas Eve celebration! I have this amazing off-the-shoulder red sweater that I’m going to pair with black jeans and my gold statement earrings. I might be at home, but I am determined to feel fabulous!
Katey’s Favorite Holiday Traditions
The holidays at our house are full of traditions! Old ones that my husband and I grew up with in order to honor our parents, and new ones that we’ve created. Several of those things we love so much have changed or are not happening this year, and we are looking forward to returning to those traditions in 2021. BUT, one thing that Covid can’t take are the memories we make at home. Decorating gingerbread houses is a favorite tradition! We switch “teams” every year, and as the kids get older they scour Pinterest for ideas and outdo the year before each time. We turn on Christmas carols, light the tree, and pour a glass of wine for my husband and me. It’s the perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon in early December!
Last year, my group of friends who are moms to my son’s friends went out to lunch for an ornament exchange and a glass of wine on a Friday. It was one of the highlights of the season to be able to sit there and tell funny stories about our boys, share shopping tips for the last minute craziness of the season, and celebrate each other. We’ll be able to do that lunch again this year since there are only 6 of us. But we’ll be doing so on the patio of a local Mexican restaurant that is set up with heaters. Thankful for the mild Tennessee weather that allows us to continue to enjoy some meals outdoors! I plan to keep it casual but step it up a bit, with this fun ruched sweatshirt and festive headband. Can’t wait to see the girls!
Jenny’s Favorite Holiday Looks & Traditions
I have loved Christmas and the traditions that come with it since I was a little girl. I truly love all holidays because of the traditions that my parents and grandparents instilled in me. And I try so hard to carry them on with my little girl. We are a small family of three. But when my daughter grows up, I have a feeling our family traditions will be a big part of her own family’s – or at least I hope so! I love our Christmas Eve tradition that my grandmother started years and years ago, and even though she is gone, we still serve many of the same things she used to! Everyone dresses up for dinner and dessert, followed by family presents before getting in our Christmas pj’s and putting out the milk and cookies for Santa. Don’t forget the reindeer food too!
Even though this Christmas Eve gathering might be smaller than normal, I still plan to dress up! Y’all know me, I can’t pass up on an opportunity to be festive. I love a good Christmas plaid blouse because it is always very versatile. So cute layered or by itself! And these black leather pants are a favorite of mine. They are so flattering, and I love the slight kick flair hem. Add in some fabulous accessories like these festive green earrings (will also look great going into spring). And throw on your favorite dressy slides! If you know me, you know I love these shoes, and while they are on the more expensive style I wear them year round!
A Favorite Recipe from Jenny
One of my favorite recipes that tastes like Christmas to me is my Mom’s honey bun cake. It is AMAZING! Y’all give it a try and let me know what you think!
8 ounces sour cream
1 Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
2/3 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Beat sour cream for 3 minutes. Pour ½ of the batter into a greased 13×9” pan. Mix 1 cup brown sugar and 3 tbsp cinnamon. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the batter in the pan, then pour the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 325 for 40 minutes – 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean. Punch holes in the cake while it’s still hot. Let the cake cool. Then mix 3 cups powdered sugar, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 tsp vanilla together and pour over cake.