Christmas.

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My belly is still full, the gift boxes are not entirely unpacked, the tree stands proud (and will remain so until the first week of January), and there are A LOT of leftovers in the kitchen. Santa was very generous this year, hooking me up with some workout clothes, a Himalayan sea salt lamp, slippers, sweaters, and moolah (always appreciated). It was nice to have my brother home this year for the holiday and I loved catching up with him and his girlfriend over lunch—they live in Miami now and trips back to New York are too short, but always filled with laughter and happiness.

It’s funny. I always thought that my brother and I were as different as two people could possibly be, but the older I get, the more I realize that’s simply not the case at all. A friendship when we were younger was near impossible—I was three years his senior and we shared a room for way too many years (if we did it, so can kids these days!). Though we didn’t always get along during those angst-filled childhood years, we’re friends now. There is a special bond that comes with growing up in the same house—no one else can quite understand just how incredibly eccentric the family dynamic really is.

The result of having a very German mother who doesn’t give any effs about your appearance in public, because you WILL look like European kids and you’ll like it, damnit

NYE party many moons ago, when my brother had to stoop down to my level to take this awkward family photo

At my brother’s graduation a few years ago from Stony Brook University when he received his Master’s in Physical Therapy and the world opened up to him. Look at how tall he is! Please excuse the Birkenstocks. I thought I was making a fashion statement

Bryan and I met my family at church and then stuffed ourselves silly on Christmas Eve only to wake up early Christmas morning and do it all over again with Bryan’s family (minus the church part). We helped hatch a Hatchimal (a modern day Furby, if you ask me) and attempted to understand the toys that make kids happy these days. Without any children in my family, it’s nice to see how excited the kiddos get for Christmas and Santa.

This is a bit rambly today, I apologize. This season tends to make me very pensive. Or maybe it’s just spending so much time with family. Do you ever get that way, too?

How was your holiday, and what did you do?

10 Comments… add one
Chrissy December 27, 2016, 1:12 PM

So happy that you guys were able to spend time together! Gosh, he is so tall! And those Birds are totally a fashion statement! 😉
My sister and I hated each other at some point growing up, we were just too different even though we didn’t have to share a room! Thank goodness! We got very close when we both became mothers and had a few years of a really close friendship. Sadly we have grown apart as we lead two very different lives and have different point of views regarding almost everything.
So happy for you that you and your brother are such good friends! Treasure it!
Hugs xxx

Julie December 27, 2016, 3:08 PM

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! I agree about discovering which toys make kids happy these days. We don’t have kids but we finally have kids in the family so it’s fun to see what toys they get excited about.

Dominique December 27, 2016, 4:42 PM

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! Love spending time with family this time of year 😊

Divya @ Eat Teach Blog December 27, 2016, 7:45 PM

Oh my gosh, I just saw a Hatchimal hatch for the first time too. I guess I can see why kids these days think it’s so cool!

Shybiker December 27, 2016, 7:45 PM

Glad you had a good time. Seeing family sometimes surprises us with insights. Nice to hear some of yours.

Crystal // Dreams, etc. December 28, 2016, 12:44 AM

What are these Hatchimal things I keep hearing about?

Your brother is so tall! It’s so cool that he was able to visit this year for Christmas. I wasn’t the closest to my sister when I was growing up either, but she’s one of my favorite people now. A lot of siblings probably have similar stories. 🙂

My Christmas was very low-key. My sister and her family, my parents and I were supposed to go to my brother’s, but freezing rain was in the forecast so we canceled our plans. My sister and her family spent an extra few days with her in-laws, so I spent Christmas with my pup, my parents and a book. It was perfect!

Jessica Bradshaw December 28, 2016, 11:58 AM

Oh my gosh, this made me laugh so hard. I love the kid photo! It sounds like you had a great Christmas. Mine was great as well…full of family and fun.

Tamara December 28, 2016, 2:47 PM

I get weird after the holidays because it’s the transition thing – from being together to apart to together to apart.
You and your brother were/are big cuties!!
Cassidy is going to Phish tonight, by the way!

ShootingStarsMag December 28, 2016, 3:52 PM

I’m glad you had a great Christmas. Woah, your brother IS tall. That’s great he was in town for the holidays. As was my brother and his family, so it was nice seeing them. I got to meet my newest niece too! She was born in June, so I’ve been waiting for awhile now. haha

I’m very close to my siblings, but I’ve always been best friends with my sister and my brother (six years older than me), we’re closer now that we’re older, but we’ve always gotten along, I think.

-Lauren

Shannon December 28, 2016, 6:27 PM

Looks like a lovely holiday charlotte…I have been meaning to put a christmas post up too and have just been so slow with my blog with the holidays! I felt I needed a bit of a holiday break, I think. Glad to see you your mom dressed you guys up in silly outfits too when you were little, hehe. I have a picture of my sister and I wearing matching red and lacy/plaid christmas dresses…

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