Christmas Compilation

As the Christmas season winds down, I have a few random festive photos left to share. Since almost none of them have anything in common other than Christmas, I decided to compile them here.

The National Christmas Tree

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For the past two years, my friend Andrew (Teen Take) and I have made it a tradition to go to the White House Christmas Tree and freeze our butts off. This year’s freezing got taken to a whole new level. Because I was putting off moving and it was my last night in DC, I practically forced Teen Take to go with me without even checking the weather. It was brutal. Between the freezing temperatures and the harsh winds, we were both miserable before we had made it off campus. It was so miserable that we were the only ones at the tree, which is usually quite crowded! We managed to take a selfie, but it turned out too rough to post on the internet. Needless to say, we both ended up looking up like Rudolph thanks to our windburn!

December at Georgetown Cupcake

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: November and December are the best months for seasonal flavors at Georgetown cupcake. The highlights include Sticky Toffee Pudding (not pictured but quite possibly the best cupcake ever), Mrs. Claus Cocoa, Chocolate Peppermint and Reindeer Munch Crunch. I felt so festive eating them off my cute christmas plates!

Decorated Dorm

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My room looked super festive through finals, up until I had to move to a different room at the end of the semester. Taking my snowflakes down and cramming my Christmas tree into a box and shoving them both into a closet was the most grinch-esque thing I think I’ve ever done! Talk about depressing…

Christmas in Kogan

 

There was a Christmas tree on campus that Zac and I got some photos with, which meant we had to pick each other up.

Dominick The Donkey

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While doing a photoshoot for my friend, I decided to get a picture with the absolute rudest donkey while wearing matching santa hats. While my friend got kicked by the donkey just as he made a successful break for it, I managed to catch up to him and get a cute picture. Thank God he didn’t buck out at me!

Doberman Delila

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My dog is a total diva and I’ll do anything to get a cute, festive photo of her. She was such a saint standing in the snow wearing a wreath, wrapped in Christmas lights and posing on a toboggan without trying to run back inside!

Charlie Brown Christmas

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I decorated a sad looking pine tree in the snow on one of my first days home out of sheer boredom. It ended up looking more sad than cute but was still a great way to entertain myself!

Snowy Deer and Turkeys

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The deer in my yard, aka my pets, have finally grown out their think, winter coats and looked adorable in the snow the other day.

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

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Despite the freezing rain, my Mom and I ran out two days before Christmas to do some last minute errands. The decorated gazebo at Garden City was so cute!

Newport

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After exploring the exterior of some of the decorated mansions and ‘rockin’ around the tree’ on second beach with the dog, my Dad and I drove around Newport (on our way out) and checked out some of the house’s Christmas decorations! I thought this one was especially cute.

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Merry Mansions

A few days before Christmas, Delila and I went for a stroll down Bellevue and checked out the exterior of the Newport mansions, all decorated for Christmas. She loved getting out, sniffing around and seeing a part of the state she never had before. I took the walk as an excuse to wear my favorite white leather booties. They have the cutest pointed toe as well as gold detailing on the side and just above the spike heel. They’re also super comfy and matched perfectly with my white coat, complete with a faux fur collar. Underneath, I layered with a warm, red cable knit sweater and a seasonally appropriate ruffled plaid wool skirt.

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Boots // Coat // Skirt // Similar Sweater

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! My holiday began on Christmas Eve when I lectored the Christmas Eve vigil mass before heading home, eating way too many cookies, and falling asleep happily in my Christmas bedding.

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The next morning, my parents and I woke up, in matching pajamas, to a white Christmas! The trees and ground were covered in a few inches of snow which kept flurrying down throughout the day.

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While we unwrapped presents, we had a breakfast of chocolate toffee candies and Finnish coffee bread; our tradition.

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The entirety of our Christmas was very low key and relaxing.

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Later in the evening, we baked some gingerbread cookies and I decided to decorate them. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but they ended up being adorable! Without planning, I decorated gingerbread versions of my parents and I, along with a monogrammed moose. I can’t wait to eat them!

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Sleep Shirt // Metallic Red Lipstick

On The Nauti-List

Every year, someone puts up a Christmas tree on Second Beach in Middletown and it’s the cutest thing ever. What screams ‘Christmas in Rhode Island’ more than a Christmas tree on the beach? Nothing! Delila was absolutely delighted by both the tree and the beach. You should’ve seen her excited expressions as she sniffed the tree (and everything else in sight) and frolicked through the sand, dragging me all the way.  As we left the beach, it began to snow. Only 3 days until Christmas!

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Sweater // Pants // Bean Boots

Oh Christmas Tree

We finally got our tree! It’s a little short and slightly scrawny, but with lights and ornaments on, it will be perfect. Every year, we go to the same place to get our tree. Ironically, it’s not a Christmas tree farm, but a man’s backyard. We would rather find a natural looking tree with character while supporting someone local than spending an obscene amount of money on an expertly pruned tree that would just shed and prick us more. We always end up with the cutest trees! This year was the first in a while that snow has been on the ground when we went to get our tree. When I was younger, there was almost always snow but through my high school and earliest college years, Decembers were warm and balmy. While I just want the snow to melt already, cutting down a snow-covered tree dripping with icicles was a refreshing change and made it feel even more like Christmas.

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Sweater // Vest (almost out)// Similar Vest // Jeans // Boots

City Snow

Experiencing the first snow of the season in a city is a bit depressing as the snow melts the second it hits the pavement, yet it’s still exciting to feel like you’re living in a snowglobe. I ended up in CityCenter and instantly gravitated towards the large Christmas tree which I soon realized was artificial (obviously) and the only thing around covered in snow! I couldn’t resist brushing the snow off the tree, into my palms and blowing it back into the air. I probably spent a solid half hour doing just that! Thankfully, the wind was not blowing and it actually seemed warm out thanks to my thick flannel, sweater and lined bean boots. The green sweater with the festive flannel looks and feels just like Christmas and suited a snowy day at a Christmas tree perfectly.

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Flannel // Sweater // Bean Boots 

Capitol Christmas

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Only ten days until Christmas! Fortunately, I’m done for the semester and now home with my family getting in the Christmas spirit but before I left, Zac and I were able to make a quick afternoon trip to the Capitol to take our “Christmas card” photos! I love how they turned out. Somehow, despite being freezing, shivering, and exhausted we still managed to have a good time. I’m so thankful to have a best friend who never fails to make me smile and who I can have fun with no matter what. It’s also a perk that he’s always game for twinning! When I saw this tartan skirt and matching mens pants, I knew we had to have them. When paired with matching cable knit sweaters, the look came together, although it was completely impractical for the weather. The walk from the metro to the tree was filled with complaining, mostly on my part due to my the fact that I was wearing heels which led to me freezing and nearly falling twice on the train back.  It’s all part of the experience!

Skirt // Pants // My Sweater // Zac’s Sweater