Happy Friday friends!
Can you even believe Thanksgiving is next week?!
I can’t — especially because Aaron’s side of the family gives Christmas presents at Thanksgiving because it’s the only time we’re all together. So you can probably guess what’s on my agenda this weekend — yep, wrapping presents. :)
Meanwhile, my side of the family doesn’t do Christmas presents anymore. When my mom got cancer last year and my family was going through a hard time (more on that story here), we realized that simply being together was the gift we wanted to share.
So, when it comes to the holidays, our experience is flipped — we kick off the holiday season with presents and end it with simply being together, sharing a meal. I love it that way.
Anyway, since we’re spending next week celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with Aaron’s family, I’ve got holiday outfits on the brain.
I think this one is going to be my Thanksgiving day outfit. It’s neutral, but it’s still got a little nod to the holiday with that pumpkin shirt peeking out. It’s got layers I can add or remove for different activities or temperatures. And most importantly, it’s comfortable — each layer is nice and loose and my jeans are stretchy. :)
I’ve been wearing this sweater at least once a week lately, but I’ve been kind of struggling with how to mix it up. Every time I’ve worn it, it looks eerily like this outfit — and while a winning outfit is always great, I wanted to push myself and style it differently.
Enter side zippers.
I didn’t really care about the size zippers when I got the sweater — except I did care that they are lined with fabric, meaning I never feel a cold zipper on my skin. But it turns out, those zips are pretty nice to have around, when it comes to mixing things up.
I simply unzipped ’em, popped on a colorful base layer, and I had a whole new look. I’m excited to try it with a plaid button down too.
So tell me, what do you think you’ll wear for Thanksgiving day? Any of you celebrate Christmas at Thanksgiving too?
And here’s an interesting question: how do you approach gift giving with your families? For many people, it’s an important love language, but for others, it feels like it’s simply adding clutter — how do you approach it in a way that’s respectful and honoring of our differences?
P.S. Since we’ll with family all next week, I’m taking a break from blogging to be present with them. So that means no new posts next week. But! You can follow me on Instagram if you want to keep up stuff like my Christmas present wrapping, my Thanksgiving packing process, and general holiday/family shenanigans. In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful week and a happy Thanksgiving. It seems like so not enough to just type it out, but I’m so grateful for you guys. From the warmest place in my heart, thank you — thank you for supporting me, encouraging me, challenging me, and just being here to walk this journey with me. Have a happy holiday and I’ll see you Monday the 28th!
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