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OOTD: Christmas Eve

December 26, 2012

My family celebrated Christmas this past week, and I had such a good time laughing, sharing stories, and playing games. When I was younger, Christmas Eve included Christmas Mass and sometimes participation in the children’s play, dinner out with the family, and sometimes having my grandmother come home with us and opening her gifts to us (she always gave the best gifts). We did the traditional Santa clause preparation with milk and cookies, a carrot for Rudolph, and then ended the night giggling with my siblings as we tried hard to fall asleep. Fast forward to now, and a lot has changed. My family isn’t religious like we used to be, and there are no children around that believe in Santa. My grandmother is no longer with us, and there’s no gift opening on Christmas Eve. I think for a long time I grieved the end of my childhood and tried really hard to recreate those traditions even though my family had changed. This year felt very different for me. I wasn’t trying to capture the past stuff we did, and instead my family just had a lot of fun doing what we love to do now. On Christmas Eve I watched about an hour of home movies from when I was around one, but the nostalgia stopped there. Later, I went out with my parents, two of my siblings, and one of my brother-in-laws for sushi, then we came home and played the game Things, which was so, so funny. I had one of those moments where you are laughing so hard that you cut off your breath and snort all at the same time. Let’s just say it’s been a long time since I was able to relax and laugh that deeply, so it felt amazing.

Even though we no longer do anything fancy, I always like to dress up because I honestly don’t need much of an excuse to do it :). I tend to be overdressed compared to everyone else around me, but that’s okay. I had bought this red dress on a whim from DressBarn about a month or so ago, and kept it for Christmas Eve. I didn’t get to wear it as I had envisioned it (couldn’t find my gold belt), but I worked with what I had, and I still love the cut of the dress. So here’s my look, simple but fun, just like my Christmas Eve.

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This dress is so soft and comfortable. It is fitted close up top, but flares out after the waist. The lace has a circular pattern, which you can see in the top portion, but because of the pleating the lower portion gives the shape a cool effect. I was definitely surprised, because DressBarn (the name of the store is horrible) can sometimes have not-so-great quality pieces, but this dress was really nice.


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DressBarn dress, Urban Outfitters heels

Do you experience nostalgia during the holidays? What kind of new or old traditions have you begun or held onto?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2012 10:48 pm

    Ilove thyis dress so much I want to go to my local Dress Barn and see if I can get it. But first I have two questions and realize that I often want to ask these questions of you. Would you please tell us the fabric content of the lovely clothes you wear? And can you tell us what size you’re wearing? Thanks a lot. Susan

    • December 26, 2012 10:50 pm

      Sure, Susan! I am wearing a size 24, and it’s 100% polyester.

      • December 26, 2012 11:31 pm

        Thanks. I wish it weren’t poly. I have a zillion allergies and can’t wear wool or nylon at all. Poly is suffocatingly hot in Arizona but maybe it would be all right in our so-called winter. I didn’t know Dress Barn carried our sizes. You look SO cute in that dress I just love looking at the pictures that accompany this post of yours. Keep ’em coming!

  2. December 27, 2012 3:04 am

    Great dress!

  3. Michelle permalink
    December 27, 2012 7:13 am

    What a fantastic dress that is! Love the colour and the fit is just perfect.

    Sounds like you had a lovely christmas too!

    I have a new tradition that will be permanent. It helps make Christmas feel more special. Each year for the last 3 I have made a Christmas skirt or dress. It means I am a little dressed up for both church and the family (whoever’s family it is) and because it’s summer here I get a nice cool skirt of dress I can wear until April.

  4. December 27, 2012 9:56 am

    Amazing outfit. Love it how it looks on you. ♥

  5. melissajplum permalink
    December 27, 2012 11:45 am

    I work at Dressbarn and that dress is very popular! I love it and it looks great on you!

  6. Denisa Dellinger permalink
    December 28, 2012 4:46 am

    I love that dress on you! I too have had to make new traditions because both my parents are no longer with us. Just my brother and I. I still have family members I gather with. It is really hard to give up those good times. It is enough to give one the blues but it can also be a time for new traditions.

  7. December 29, 2012 5:07 am

    You look so gorgeous in red! I love this look! I haven’t been to Dressbarn in a long time. This makes me want to check it out now.

  8. Kerri permalink
    January 20, 2013 5:13 pm

    Wow! I love that dress! It’s very 1960’s/Mad Men. And the color is perfect. I can’t believe Dress Barn had that

  9. brittlestar42 permalink
    February 28, 2013 10:49 pm

    I know you made this post way back in December, but I just saw it today and I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this dress! I love the color and the subtle print/pattern, and it looks absolutely fantastic on you.

  10. April 28, 2013 6:13 pm

    Beautiful dress!

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