Hey there! I'm Ella from Champagne & Cardigans. Cotton is not only a fabulous blogger friend of mine, she is also my sorority sister! I have known Cotton for almost four years now and I can truly say she is just as wonderful as she seems :)
We are trading blogs for the day and I couldn't be more excited about it! Pop on by Champagne & Cardigans to check out some of her amazing Holiday Cocktail recipes.
Today I am going to write about some of my favorite Christmas and New Years Traditions... ya know the ones that make you feel super warm-fuzzy and cozy inside.
A Christmas Letter
Not the kind you mail to your entire address book either...
Each year my mom writes my two brothers and I a letter. She has one for each of our Christmas-es but hasn't let us read any of them yet.
I have a feeling she will be giving me mine next year, at my first Christmas as a married woman.
Regardless, I think this is a wonderful keepsake and way to remember each year spent with someone. I am starting this tradition for DP this year... I may not keep them for quiet as long of a time as she has but I definitely want to wait a few years to let him read them. What a way to remember how time goes by!
Chicken Scratch is a game played with dominos... You can find directions here. This is one of those simple, slow games you can play for hours, take a break and come back to it the next day. My family loves to relax and play Chicken Scratch after any holiday meal. Especially good when accompanied with a warm mug of coffee or full wine glass.
An All Girls Wine Night
I seriously doubt I need to elaborate a lot on why this is beneficial, fun, necessary etc... The Holidays are great time for people to use some vacation days, get together and pop a few bottles. I love the idea of a wine swap - every one brings a bottle and goes home with a different one (either in hand or consumed!). I can't wait to catch up over some champagne with my best friend this month.
Christmas Movies, Christmas Movies, Christmas Movies
Corny or not, a good (or not so good) Christmas movie always makes it feel like the holidays. I love a good mix of sentimental, funny and classic movies. Definitely filling up the DVR with some ABC Family Originals this year :)
New Years Day Jigsaw Puzzle
Nothing makes me feel more like a kid again than doing a Jigsaw Puzzle on New Year's Day. My family has never made big plans on New Year's Day so my brothers, cousins and I usually spent the day working on a Jigsaw Puzzle. So relaxing and a fun way to spend time together.
I hope y'all enjoyed some of my family holiday traditions and have a wonderfully exciting and beautiful holiday season!