Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Very Merry Christmas

Hi there! I hope that you've all had an amazing time with your family yesterday (and the day before!) being all festive and just spreading the love and spirit of this time of year. I might've (just maybe) mentioned this before, but I absolutely love Christmas. It's just awesome.

Since we don't celebrate Christmas religiously, our traditions are kind of... original. Most years, we usually cook a big Asian meal, but this year, my brother and I begged for a turkey and we got one! After a plate full of food, well, mostly gravy and cranberry sauce for me, I was stuffed to the brim. But it was freaking delicious.

We almost always celebrate Christmas with my aunt's family and my grandma. This year was no different and it was just amazing. The food was delicious and we just had a great time.

(Sorry for the blurry photo. The quality on my phone kind of sucks.)

As you could probably tell, our Christmas tree is all decked out with lots of pretty, pretty ornaments and pretty much anything you can imagine. My family likes to switch it up, so one year, we'll have these decorations up, and the next, we'll mix and match with ornaments collected over the years.

This year, we had TONS of gifts under the tree. It might have to do with the fact that I love buying gifts for people, wrapping them, and making the tree look all pretty by trying to stuff them all around it. If only I had a bigger budget, haha. Most of the gifts are for my cousins and little brother. Unfortunately, I couldn't snap a decent shot before the boys ripped all the presents apart.

I've been told that our tradition is very odd, but we've always, always opened gifts on Christmas Eve. It's Christmas morning when we open Santa's. :) Though it might not be super traditional, it is to us and I wouldn't change our traditions for anything. Ever.

I got some really amazing gifts this year, so thank you to the gift-givers who are watching this. My parents got me a jewellery organiser which I desperately needed because my jewellery has just been a tangled mess for the longest time. I actually filled most of it up, which was surprising. I didn't realise I had that much stuff. Well, now I know.

My mom's coworker asked me to paint her a few things for her son's room (photo below) and it was a gift, so I didn't want to accept any money. So instead, she got me this adorable perfume from Harajuku Lovers and aside from the lovely packaging, it smells so delicious. I've been told that it was a stressful trip trying to get this for me, so it really made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

A friend of mine from school got me this hat from Firefly. She told me that she thought I looked cold waiting for the bus, so she got this for me. Such a sweet girl. Plus, her birthday's on Christmas. Isn't that crazy?

One of the first friends I made at my school gave me this eau de toilette from Elizabeth Arden that just blew me away. I didn't expect her to get me something so big and I just got really emotional. It means a lot to me when people think of me and get me something that they'll know I'll love and I do end up loving.

My best friend got me Rookie: Yearbook One which I don't have with me at the moment, but I was just so happy when I unwrapped the paper and saw it. She knows me so well and I love her for that (and a ton of other things, obviously). I know you're reading this right now, so thank you so much, B! Oh, I love Christmases with her.

Last but not least, my gift from Santa. Oh, even after the truth is revealed, it's fun to keep the tradition going, I'd say. I don't want to be too old for Santa. I probably won't say that a few years from now, but that's what I think right now.

I got Chloe: Attitudes and I was so excited. My brother and I didn't know who it was for, so I ripped the paper along the top and the back to savour the moment. Then, I saw the cover and I screamed. Sorry if I woke you up, Grandma. :P

I don't know Chloe as well as some other fashion houses/designers, so I can't wait to delve into the history of the brand and learn more about them.

The anticipation that builds up all of December is simply contagious and it sucks how it's pretty much all over now. Aw well, until next year! At least as a Canadian, I get to celebrate Boxing Day (the Canadian equivalent to Black Friday) today, so I won't slip into post-Christmas depression so quickly, hehe.

How did you celebrate Christmas? What'd you get from your loved ones? What are a few of your favourite traditions? Leave your comments below!

Thanks for reading!
- J


  1. You are very well at drawing, painting etc. Cheers
    And happy holidays.

    1. Aw, thank you! Happy holidays to you, too!

      By the way, your blog is absolutely ADORABLE. I love it! :)

      - Juliana