While I usually like to keep the blog my happy, positive place, I can’t help but admit – I just couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit much this year. It’s been a year of super highs and super lows, and when you’ve celebrated 29 Christmases with your parents and then lose one, the first holiday without them is hard. Harder than I even expected, and a bit like you’ve lost them all over again. I’ve felt my dads absence more than ever this past week, and it’s been difficult. My dad loved Christmas – decorating the tree with a little Mannheim Steamroller dramatically playing in the background, sneaking in all the sweet treats he could between meals, and unwrapping presents – he was like a giddy little kid opening gifts. He didn’t even care what was in it – dad just loved opening a present! I feel lucky to have truly great family + friends who have reached out during this time, knowing it’s been a different, and hard first holiday without my sweet dad.
On a happier note, I spent the past week hanging with family and friends, baking treats, taking in Christmas movies, sipping tasty cocktails, opening gifts with some fun nieces and nephews, spending lots of time at work helping others find the perfect gift, planning a few fun getaways, overindulging in far too many treats, and sweating it all out as much as I can at yoga. As for the last couple days of 2013, I’m going to enjoy the last few moments of the year, and make some great big plans for the next one.
Photography by Justin Meyer