As soon as Thanksgiving was over, Kyle and I were decorating our apartment to prepare for Christmas. In the coming weeks of December, we had our first major snow storm which also brought our first snow day from the foot of snow that dumped down. We took a trip downtown to watch the Holidazzle Parade, and walk through Santaland. We made gingerbread, shopped for presents, and packed to fly out to Utah. Most importantly, we enjoyed talking about Christ and celebrating his birth through the entire month.
As part of Christmas festivities, we were also invited to an Ugly Sweater and Gingerbread House party. Soon after reviving the invitation, I went searching through thrift stores to find the perfect sweaters. We ended up with some pretty great finds. Kyle’s, we named Neil after the character in The Santa Clause who always has great sweaters. Mine, was ugly not so much by its looks, but by the way it smelled. It was so heavily perfumed from the last owner that two washings couldn’t even get the smell out. It only intensified it. However, I wore it to the party nonetheless and we all plugged our noses and had a great time.
Of course, there were some other non-holiday happenings. The studio I work at put on an amazing performance. I’m so proud of my dancers! They were fabulous! I feel so lucky that I get to work with them each week. I think I have the best job in the world. Also, Kyle’s intramural volleyball team, The Mustache Mafia, made it to the finals in the big Target tournament. They ended up getting second place, but Kyle has just been happy to be able to play volleyball again.
We have felt especially blessed this time of year. We are so grateful for our friends, a comfortable apartment, delicious food, and great jobs. It is a beautiful time to be alive and part of this adventure we call life.