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Christmas 2017

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, cozies up with her husband Daniel under the mistletoe in their home.

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, holds her pomeranian Cous Cous in front of their Christmas tree.I’m not sure if it’s some sort of age phenomenon, but the older I get, the faster the holiday season seems to fly by with every passing year! Maybe it’s because each year my to-do list seems to grow (leaving less time to fill my schedule with fun Christmasy activities!), or if in today’s bustling society it’s just become challenging to savor moments – but either way, the fact that Christmas has now come and gone is almost unbelievable to me.

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, decorates her Christmas table setting with pine cones, greenery, and gold flatware.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wraps Christmas gifts in Sugar Paper gift wrap.

“Mindfulness” is something I feel like I’ve read about a lot lately – and I want to make sure that each year I’m taking the time to actually enjoy and remember the holiday season in the midst of the chaos, and not just “get through” with my endless to-do lists. I know (and fully understand) that the holidays can bring stress, busyness, and pressure – but Christmas, to me, is always one of the most joyful times of the year. I love sleeping in the living room on Christmas Eve with Daniel, and falling asleep to the soft glow of our Christmas tree. I love choosing which Christmas outfits to dress Coussie boy in (he’s racked up quite a collection by now!). I love getting in the car and hearing Christmas music on the radio. I love Christmas Eve service and singing Silent Night by candlelight at our church. I love reading the Christmas story together and reflecting on the true meaning of why we celebrate. I love it all.

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, decorates her Christmas tree with a giant pom pom tree topper.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, decorates her Christmas table setting with pine cones, greenery, and gold flatware.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, decorates her Christmas table setting with pine cones, greenery, and gold flatware.

All this being said, one of the things that I actually really like about having a blog is that (in the midst of the crazy) sometimes it forces me to document, to cherish, to remember – which is exactly what I tried to do this Christmas season.

Daniel and I have done Christmas on our own for the past few years, and this year we decided to put some extra effort into it. We set the table with a festive tablescape, and had friends over for Christmas dinner. We made not one, but two different Christmas tarts (and ate far too much of both of them!). We watched the Santa Clause 1, 2, AND 3 – which I probably wouldn’t recommend. 😉 We (okay technically just me), made a giant pom pom topper for our tree. We celebrated our puppy boy’s Dec. 23rd birthday in style – with party hats and pupcakes. And best of all, we enjoyed all of it. In fact, I’m ready to start it all over again! Christmas in July, perhaps?

Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, cozies up with her husband Daniel under the mistletoe in their home.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, decorates her Christmas table setting with pine cones, greenery, and gold flatware.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, wears a party hat with her husband Daniel and her dog Cous Cous.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, decorates her Christmas table setting with pine cones, greenery, and gold flatware.Grace Mattei, blogger behind the lifestyle and fashion blog the Gracest, cozies up with her husband Daniel under the mistletoe in their home.

I hope that this Christmas you found some time to be mindful about the season, and that you celebrated with those who mean the most to you. I’m hoping to carry this mindset into the new year with me, but in these last few days of 2017, I’ll be prepping for New Year’s Eve and wearing lots of velvet. 😉 See you all in the New Year!

 

xx.grace

 

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