The holidays are a time for celebration, family and traditions. Christmas, of course, is my favorite. When we were growing up, whether gifts were present or not, it was always a special time of year. My mother would help us string popcorn (her favorite snack) and cover the tree in tinsel, candy canes and homemade paper ornaments. Every year, we do the same with our daughter.
We bake cookies, fill up on tamales and usually have a more traditional Christmas dinner with a smoked ham and all the sides. Green bean casserole is a must! ;)
And we have new traditions in the way we celebrate the holiday too. Back home in Michigan, we always traveled from house to house between the 24th and 26th to attend three different Christmas celebrations with family. The 24th at my moms, Christmas day at my suegra’s and the day after with my dad and his family. It was hectic, but so much fun to celebrate three full days of Christmas with family.
Now that we live out of state, that tradition has changed. We usually go out to an early movie and order take out. There is a lot of cooking happening over here during the holidays as we wait excitedly for packages to arrive from family and friends. This has been one of mija’s favorite things about Christmas. She loves getting presents from grandma and her tías in the mail.
Our friend Jessica, at TejanaMade.com, also sent us some beautiful pieces of her handmade jewelry. A custom leather cuff bracelet and rosary bracelet. They are absolutely beautiful! See the photos at the bottom of this post.
We also received a special package from Britax this Christmas with some sea salt and dark chocolate chip cookie mix, from Dean & Deluca, that were just heavenly. I never knew that sea salt on a cookie could be so good!
I am so grateful for all of my fellow blogueras, Latina entrepreneurs and especially for my dear friend, Angelica Perez, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with each day. She is doing some amazing things and I am so honored to have been along for the ride over these past three years! 2014 is going to be truly amazing! P.S. If you’re reading this Angelica, mija is loving the awesome ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ book you sent!
Most of all, I want to give a shout-out to my amazing hubby for all of his hard work as a stay-at-home dad this past year. It has been wonderful having him home with us every day and watching the bond grow between him and our precious mi’jita. She is absolutely loving the extra daddy-daughter time and it’s been a huge support to me as well, now that I am running my own business from home.
I am so grateful for all that we have and how our life continues to blossom with each passing year.
Gracias to Britax, as always, for sponsoring all these wonderful holiday posts and giving me the opportunity to share. Check out our holiday wrap-up in pictures below. ;)
I hope you all had beautiful holiday celebrations with your families and I thank you for always stopping by to see what we’re up to. We love to hear about what ya’ll are up to too!
Feliz Navidad, familia!! ♥
I would love to hear what you’re all up to! Don’t forget to share with us in the comments! :)
Disclosure: This is post is sponsored by Britax.
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