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Friday, December 26, 2014


NYC during the holidays

Christmas feels like the one day of the year when the whole world conspires to spend time with their families. Whether you're in Cambridge, where the snow is beginning to pile up, or whether you're across the country in Los Angeles, where the sun keeps the temperature at a "chilly" 69 degrees, Christmas is Christmas wherever you go. (Trust me, despite the fact that most residents of my Southern California city are wearing shorts and t-shirts, we still get in the joyful holiday mood). 

Since going away for college, I have truly begun to the value the short trips I make home, and Christmas was spent in true family fashion. I woke up and took a quick trip to the local coffee shop and woke up the house with the smell of fresh coffee. As the youngest in the family, Christmas morning has always been my favorite moment of the day, so my parents willingly (albeit a bit grumpily) came downstairs to start the gift opening festivities. 

As I've gotten older, the number of presents for me and my sister have dwindled as we've taken it upon ourselves to shower our parents with all the gifts we've found and bought throughout the year in anticipation for that year's Christmas. 

Here's a few gifts that were under our Christmas tree this 2014:

1. Matching monogrammed cups from Anthropologie (M for mom, & D for dad) 

2. A cozy new Harvard scarf & a classy Vineyard Vines collection belt for the proud Harvard Dad 

3. A hold-all wallet from Kate Spade for my mom, the accountant of the family

4. A pair of boat shoes from Sperry Top-Sider for my prepster dad

...and it was a hit!

But apart from just exchanging gifts, spending time with family and close friends this winter break has been the perfect breath of air from the busyness of life as a student. Merry Christmas, and happy holidays!


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