dreaming of a white christmas

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Fact: I love Christmas. I have an abundance of Christmas spirit for someone who’s agnostic. I love giving gifts, baking nonstop, and just generally being full of Christmas cheer. I’ve always loved this time of year; when I was a kid, I spent every Christmas at my grandma’s house with my entire family (my mom is one of 10 kids, so there’s a lot of us). As I got older, my sister and I created our own traditions surrounding Christmas, which includes baking as many cookies as possible and watching Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.

Another holiday tradition is my annual trip home to south Texas to be with my family. This time last year, I was already there. But as I write this, I’m sitting at my desk in my office, answering last-minute emails and squeezing in some work. I’ll be spending Christmas this year with Alex’s family in the ‘burbs. This is my first Christmas EVER without my family.

I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, but it still feels strange knowing I won’t be seeing my parents or my sister in the next couple of days. Because of this, I’m so glad they were here in Chicago for Thanksgiving. We did manage to fit in a few Christmas-y activities, including going to the Museum of Science and Industry to see the exhibit of Christmas trees from around the world (pictured above!).

Not only that, my family got to experience real snow for the first time. They were so hilariously excited about it and took an endless amount of pictures.

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Left: My little sister and I trying on some pretty awesome Christmas gear.
Right: My sister and mom completely spazzing out over the snow.

I know I’m going to be homesick no matter what come Wednesday, but I’m so glad I have my future in-laws and the rest of the Martinez clan to spend the holiday with. My family is expanding and from here on out, it’s going to be important that we split our time equally among everyone.

While I could wax nostalgic about a bunch of things and mull over the end of the year, I just want to enjoy this week. Merry Christmas and happy holidays! See you all in 2015.

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