Initially, the idea of spending the holidays in Europe didn’t bother me. I had already discussed celebrating Christmas/ringing in the New Year with Eva and her family in the Alps (and maybe even making time for a ski trip or two!), which, no doubt, would have been unforgettably beautiful and fun. And I love the German and Austrian Christmas markets just as much as the next person, if not more. But now that I’m here, I keep thinking, “Why on earth did I ever think that staying abroad for Christmas would be a good idea?!” Because there really is no place like home for the holidays.
Fun fact #1: My mom’s most cherished possession is that ceramic Santa Claus in the above photo, center.
Fun fact #2: My mom made every one of our stockings by hand. Aren’t they terrific?
Fun fact #3: I secretly get just as excited about Christmas Eve as I do Christmas (maybe even a little bit more). I can’t believe Christmas Eve/Christmas is this weekend. Where has the time gone?!