posted on: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
How is it December already?! Currently listening to *Nsync "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" on repeat. What can I say...I'm festive! And a sucker for nostalgia. I had the best Christmas' growing up which is why this is by far my favorite holiday. I like to think of it as Thanksgiving on crack. I love when the entire city gets covered with lights and silly inflatable reindeers. Nothing screams California Christmas quite like a twinkle lit wrapped palm tree. Ever since I was a licensed teen, I was relentless in getting tons of presents for my brothers, little cousins, aunts, uncles- you name it. By that time, my mom was burnt out from years of running around from mall to mall trying to get everything on our list to Santa on top of being a full-time wife, mother, and business owner. Thus, my career as a personal shopper began. I didn't even care if I myself got anything. I was just so focused on making sure my family was taken care of because I love seeing people get excited by a gift. I know my obsession with making sure everyone was showered in presents was because Christmas was so magical growing up for me. I was obsessed with trying to keep that feeling alive. Now that I'm older, I still love this holiday but my priorities have definitely shifted. Christmas gifts in my family have definitely become secondary. Our lives are busy and we're separated by distance so it's just a treat to all be in the same room. It's a very liberating feeling to not expect anything and to genuinely not care. Am I officially a grown up now?