In an Italian family, Christmas Eve is the big event, filled with food, presents, and wine. It’s an evening ripe with family photo opps too, so clearly having the family match is a priority for the both of us.
MB’s Christmas Morning
For me, Christmas morning is all about mimosas, festive pajamas, and carb-loaded brunches. Because A needs help opening gifts, I know I’ll be in most of the pictures, so I want to make sure I don’t look like a hot mess. This is not the day for my decade-old sweatpants and college sweatshirt. Usually A and I will both get new wintry jammies for the holiday season, but matching isn’t my main priority here. Since A should be the star of the show in the picture bonanza, I like to stick to a more neutral palette so that I can blend in with the background (and piles of shredded wrapping paper).
MB’s New Year’s Eve
We, too, felt like starting new NYE traditions, which we did with a local park district’s “Noon Years Eve” for wee ones. It was awesome: tons of open space for running around, games and sports galore, inflatable bounce houses, and a balloon drop at noon. For the grown-up plans and real countdown, we decided the only way to ring in the New Year from home is to find like-minded young parents who couldn’t go out (and grandparents who are too tired to go out) and host a pajama party.
Erinn’s New Year’s Eve
I will just say that sometimes it is possible to do too much planning. I wrote last week about the new tradition I wanted to start with my family and I was so excited to see it all play out, but, just like most things when you have kids, it didn’t go exactly as I had planned! What I will say is that I was very happy to be on my couch between my favorite people and not out at some bar watching people get more and more drunk. Well that and I finally got to find Dory and go to bed by 9pm!
Here’s to a happy and successful 2017!!!