CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS


I hope everyone is having the happiest of holidays with your friends & family! Last night I flew out to Kansas to celebrate Christmas with my fam. If you didn’t already know this about me – I was born and raised in Chicago (with a couple year hiatus in England) and when I was a junior in college my family moved to Overland Park, Kansas. Since then, I’ve been spending Christmas in Kansas and I will admit it is starting to feel like my home. Today I wanted to share some of my family traditions for Christmas – some are new, some are old, all are special💗



CHRISTMAS WITH MATT'S FAMILY: So in the past 3+ years of dating, we have never spent a Christmas together since my family is in Kansas and his is here in Chicago. To celebrate Christmas together, the past few years Matt’s family sets up a night for us to all have dinner at their house and exchange gifts. Dinner is always amazing and just hanging out together sitting in front of the tree is so fun and special. It's like jump-starting all the feelings of actual Christmas a week early! I am really lucky to have the Wojciak's as a second family to me and to be a part of some Christmas celebrations with them since I am with my family during the actual Christmas!
How beautiful is their tree?!?
 Shoutout to Alyssa for LITERALLY the best mug ever😂
CHRISTMAS EVE: Every year my family does a very traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner, called Wigilia. I would say this is the biggest celebrated holiday in Poland. The table is set beautifully and we always set an extra place at the table as a Polish tradition of welcoming a stranger if they should come to your door with no place to go for Christmas Eve. The tradition goes that you would feed this guest and give them shelter. Right before dinner, there is the sharing of oplatek (pronounced opwatek). Oplatek is a very thin wafer (similar to what you get in communion during Mass - but much thinner). Each person gets a sheet of this Oplatek and you walk around the table to each person, have that person break off a piece of your wafer as you break off a piece of theirs, and then you both hug and wish each other good health. There is absolutely no meat and no booze (SO tough) on Christmas eve. Our dinner begins with a first course of Borscht (beet) soup. The rest of dinner consists of pierogis, all different types and kinds of fish and plenty of veggies, potatoes, etc.
After dinner we lounge around a bit in the inevitable food coma. Around 9 or 10 we head out for a drive around the city looking at all the decked out Christmas lights. Around 11:30 we're at Church and ready for Midnight Mass, and yes I am tired AF at this point. I think I've missed less than 3 Midnight Masses in my entire life and my sister (15 years old) has NEVER missed one!
After we get back from mass, my parents break out the booze (because it's past midnight) and have a drink before Santa comes 😉 Last year was actually the first year I joined them and yes, that made me feel like quite an adult.
CHRISTMAS MORNING: It's pretty hilarious knowing that my sister and I used to sprint out of our beds and run downstairs at like 6am now knowing how late my parents would stay up having a few drinks 😂 Anyways, we've toned it down a little bit over the past few years and I'd say we probably wake up around 9/9:30ish. We still run downstairs to make sure Santa came😉 and then spend the next 30-45 minutes trying to drag my parents out of bed. This is definitely a process and is a testament to my patience. Do you know how hard it is to sit next to a mountain of presents for 30 minutes?!
After opening up presents, we make the rounds of calling (or Facetiming) our relatives (in Poland and England) to wish them a Merry Christmas. When we're done with that we get dressed somewhat presentably and sit down for an amazing brunch. This is about the time that  I pop open some Prosecco for morning mimosas, duh. Brunch consists of sausage wrapped in bacon (drool), my mom's homemade Polish recipe for potato salad (a staple in our house during the holidays), an assortment of Polish meats, cheeses, sausages, Polish bread, maybe some waffles, etc. TBH, this day is really just full of eating. To kill time between brunch and dinner, my family and I spend this time watching movies together. I must say, I do love the tradition of just eating, being lazy, and watching movies all day. Dinner will consist of something like a turkey, duck, or ham, with roasted potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole - basically all the traditional Thanksgiving food. 
Family time is the best time
 
What are some of your family traditions during the holidays?
xo, Allie 

Another cute pajama set I found is this WOMEN SLEEPING DRESS
Love it!

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  1. Such cute pajamas and traditions! Christmas with family is always a joy :)

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    1. Thanks Marije!! Hope you're having a great holiday with friends & family <3

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  2. Love all your Christmas traditions! We also do Oplatek too in our house. Thanks for sharing these great pics!

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  3. I love your traditions. And also how cute are those pjs!! They are adorable.
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  4. I love your Pjs! Merry Christmas!
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  5. I love the post.
    Here at home more and more we choose to stay in pajamas on Christmas day, we live together, have fun making Christmas dinner and do not give up listening to lots of music of the time and not only, as well as celebrate and much birth Of Jesus :)
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. That sounds a lot like my Christmas!! Hope you had a great time celebrating<3

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  6. Great post.And I must say your pjs are cute!!
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  7. I like that your PJs were the cute ones hahaha not the ugly. Happy holidays.

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  8. Loved this post!! Looks like you had an amazing time!

    Happy Holidays!

    Andrea.

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  9. You look so cute in Christmas PJ's.
    In our family, we are having the noche buena before 12mn of 25th.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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    1. Thank you Jane!! I hope you had a great Christmas with your fam <3

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  10. I absolutely love the PJs dear. Looks so comfy! Your tree is so pretty too!

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  11. Your PJ is just adorable!! Fantastic Christmas tradition and the tree!! xx
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  12. Cute post! Love your pajamas!
    ~Samantha
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  13. Looks like you had an amazing time. Christmas with the family is always the best way to spend the night!
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  14. So lovely to hear about your holiday traditions! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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    ♥ Amber
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  15. Nice post, dear! Thanks for sharing (:

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  16. Christmas at your household sounds fun ^_^ Hope it went well this year! One of our tradition is watching Mickey's Once Upon a Time movie. I've seen it every year for the past ten years or so.

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    1. That is an awesome tradition!! Hope you enjoyed it this year :) xo

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  17. Merry Christmas love!! Hope you had a good one!! <3 Wishing you an amazing New Years too!

    XO, Jessi
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  18. So pretty babe

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  19. Aw I love reading about your Christmas traditions! You guys have a lot it sounds so much fun! Woohoo to having a drink after midnight!

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    1. Thanks Rach!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

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  20. It's always wonderful to read about heartwarming holiday traditions! Thanks for sharing!

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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  21. Oh these sound like lovely traditions, and I really like your pyjamas! :) We try get together on Christmas eve as a family and do some craft, make cookies, and watch movies together. Then on Christmas day, we celebrate at home before going out to visit family and celebrating with them. It's fun even if it means a little bit of driving! :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are having a great week! I'm enjoying that quiet lazy period between Christmas and New Years and relaxing a bit.

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    1. Crafting, cookies, and watching movies - 3 of my favorite things!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! <3

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  22. Hi Allie! It was lovely to read about your family's traditions over Christmas and how you spend the festive season. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. I adore your pyjamas, and the food is beautifully presented and looks delicious!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog.

    Happy New Year!

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  23. It sounds as if you had an incredible holiday season! I'm sure it took quite a bit of getting used to when your definition of "going home" changed. Chicago and Kansas are a bit different! I hope you have a wonderful new year!

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    1. Haha you are definitely right!! I hope you have a fab new years <3

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  24. First, I LOVE your blog and logo. Second, Cute PJs and amazing pics! This was most definitely a fun post to read. Your dinner sounds beautiful and fun! :) <3

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    1. You are too sweet, thank you!! Happy New Year! <3

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  25. I love your Christmas pj's and all of the stockings! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you the best for upcoming year! xx

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  26. You look so cozy and cute! Love this! Pjs are just the best!
    Hope your holidays have been amazing!
    Have a happy new years.
    Xx Caroline
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  27. Wonderful Christmas celebration and those pictures are everything :)
    Glad to know that you had amazing Christmas with beloved ones.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for you :)

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  28. Your pj is so cool. I love it.
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  29. So cute, love all your traditions!
    xx- Nina

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  30. Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday! x

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  31. You look so cute in that onesie! Hope you had a wonderful time and I wish you a wonderful 2018!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

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  32. You have so many beautiful christmas traditions =o)

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  33. Wonderful Christmas traditions Thanks for sharing sweetie. This year I spent Christmas for the first time ever by myself. So I took the opportunity to do what I love traveling and photographing. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Cris
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  34. Nice post …………..keep posting!!!
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  35. You look so cute in your PJs! Sounds like an awesome Christmas lovely, wishing you the best for 2018!!

    With love from London,
    Whit

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  36. These sound like such fun traditions! It really is the special moments like this with family that make the Christmas season so special. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and happy new year to you!

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  37. Love the PJs! Great traditions

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  38. Sounds lovely. I'm sure you had an awesome time during the holidays. Wishing you a fabulous 2018!

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  39. Nice post! Love this!
    xx

    Linda from Beauty And Tips

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