Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Closing Out the Holidays.

Hello, friends! I hope everyone had a splendid Christmas, and I hope my Jewish friends are enjoying their celebrated nights of Hanukkah. I actually lit a few candles last night and attempted to sing the candle lighting prayer (in Hebrew...what a sight that was). My Christmas was spent with Ryan's family with two Christmas Eve dinners, eating prime rib at midnight, drinking strong sangria, watching silly movies, and simply relaxing. While Santa (ahem, Ryan) and I opted to stay humble with our presents this year, I received some very thoughtful gifts, so it's safe to say that I am one happy girl.

Something felt a little bit different about the holidays this year, and for awhile, I couldn't put my finger on what it was exactly. Now that all the hustle and bustle is over, I'm realizing it's because I'm actually looking forward to getting back into the swing of normal living, whereas in the past, I wanted to live in the magical world of the Holiday Season forever. This year, I don't feel like I need a "break" or "vacation" from real life (although I'm still loving on winter break!), because I'm genuinely happy with where I am, who I'm with, and where I'm going...and that's a great feeling. I am definitely looking forward to 2017.

And on that note, it's hard to believe that I head back to school in just 13 days. I plan on doing a whoooole lot of relaxing between now and then, and I hope to savor every waking (and sleeping) moment of it.

How was your holiday weekend? Any fun plans for NYE?


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