To Sparkle Punch...

That is the question

Bah humbug, no, that's too strong

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...even if it's not my favorite holiday. I've been trying to get into the Christmas spirit, you guys! Look at that wintry plaid! Look at what I'm standing next to! Look at that tree! It's indescribably beautiful, just like the leg lamp! Just don't look at my dad's 85 hoodies and jackets in the background! ;D

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Shirt: Old Navy (2015 and sadly sold out!)

Jeans: H&M (2013)

Booties: Madden Girl (2012)

Necklace: Target (2015 and also sold out! dang!)

Watch: Target (2015)

Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Triple Shine in "Oyster Bar"

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I think this is a cute quietly (and casually) festive outfit, what with the plaid, the sparkle, and the boots. I would totally wear this on Christmas, since I only get "dressed up" for Christmas Eve Mass.

And since we're getting into the spirit and all, here are two of my favorite Christmas ornaments! How cute are they?!

Pretty sure my grandmother's bestie, a crocheting goddess, made this ornament back in the day.

Pretty sure my grandmother's bestie, a crocheting goddess, made this ornament back in the day.

How awesome are these wooden 12 Days of Christmas ornaments?! At one time, we did have all twelve... now we only have three. :(  

How awesome are these wooden 12 Days of Christmas ornaments?! At one time, we did have all twelve... now we only have three. :(  

As this is my last post before the big Christmas day, I wanted to share the mantra I'm using this holiday week. It's something that Sheryl of How to Make a Life said in response to my comment on her Grief, Stress, and the Holidays post. It's also very approp because I realized in EMDR last week just how many of my current fears are fueled by bad memories. My feelings toward Christmas and New Year's (I almost typed "New TEARS" which is hilariously more accurate!) certainly fall into that category. My default is to think negatively, so words like Sheryl's are a great relief to me--the reminder that when things are awful, they won't continue that way forever. So I wanted to be sure to include this for anyone else not psyched about the holidays. <3

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I love you all and wish you the merriest Christmas (or non-Christmas or whatever you want it to be!)! I'll be back next week with my budget post, 12 Months of Bliss recap, and High Five for Friday! :)

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