Holiday Traditions

Monday, December 23, 2013


Today, as part of the Holiday Link Up with On the Daily Express and More Pieces of Me, I am sharing my holiday traditions! This year is the first year Tyler and I will be celebrating as an engaged couple. I always love Christmas, but I feel like this year will be super special :).

In the coming years, we will combine our family traditions as well as start some of our own. I am so excited to see how our family traditions come together. Here are some of my favorite family traditions:

1. For dinner on Christmas Eve,we order Valentino's pizza and lasagna. It is one my family's favorite things. My mom has asked before if we want to change this dinner to something more formal, and we always say no. It's nice to keep Christmas Eve simple and stress free!

2. When we were little, my brother, sister, and I each got to open one present on Christmas Eve. It was always a process picking which present we just had to open the night before! This is something I would love to do when Tyler and I have kids in the very distant future.

3. Tyler and I do one Christmas date night a year. We go out to a fancy dinner and do our gift exchange just the two of us. (The picture is from our date last year.) I love having the time to ourselves. I don't know how long this will continue, but for right now it has become a favorite tradition of mine!

4. Growing up, I was in The Nutcracker ballet. I miss it so much and it is one of my favorite parts about Christmas! Even though I was in it and have a love-hate relationship with the music, I get so excited for it every year. We didn't make it this year because our trip to Mexico occupied two of the weekends it was showing, but hopefully Tyler will take us next year!

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What are your favorite traditions? Share in the comments below or join us in the Holiday Link Up!

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  1. This are beautiful tradition the number 3 I did as well with my family when we got home from midnight mass. These memories are what Christmas its about so precious moment in our life we never forget. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
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  2. i can't wait for my daughter to be a little older so i can take her to see the nutcracker at the national ballet of canada. i haven't seen it either so it'll be a first for the both of us!

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  3. I love the idea of a Christmas date night! This weekend we went to a Christmas light show for the 2nd year in a row which is becoming a favorite tradition of mine. :)

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  4. I love your traditions! Have a merry Christmas!

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  5. What a great post, Darcy. I loved reading each of your traditions and think I might need to steal some of them myself (especially date night & no stress dinners). Your date night outfit from last year is fantastic and just a perfect date-night look. I hope you have a great Christmas!
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  6. I loved reading this! We focus so much on style and beauty, I'm enjoying hearing the real stuff! That stuff that honestly is most important! Fashion is still fun, obviously, but I'm loving the personal side behind the blogger! Thank you so much for sharing!
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  7. Very cute, great post sweety. Have a lovely Christmas xxx

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  8. Congrats on the engagement! It sounds like you have a lovely Christmas with the family!

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  9. Congratulation!!!! Hope the best for you guys!! Xx


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  10. congrats dear, your christmas will be perfect :D

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  11. Don't you just love Christmas traditions!? Love that picture!!

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  12. Aww sweet! You look super cute! It is also the first Christmas my fiance and I will be celebrating as an engaged couple. :)

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  13. AWWWH such a cute picture! Merry Christmas!

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  14. I love how you order pizza on Christmas eve, what a fun carefree way to spend the holidays!
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  15. "Pizza and lasagna" on Christmas eve.
    That sounds like heaven.
    -Ru
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  16. congratulations dear !!! Hope you guys have a Happy life together !! I already follow you on Bloglovin :) But there is something wrong with your GFC widget ...i can't follow you there :( Have a Magical Merry Christmas !! xx
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  17. Your outfit is too cute! Love your traditions!

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  18. We used to open one present every Christmas Eve too! I love traditions and making new ones!

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  20. Enjoy your first Christmas as an engaged couple! Merry Christmas!
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  21. Merry Christmas! You two are just too cute!

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  22. Love the idea on #3 to exchange your gifts at a Christmas dinner just the two of you :) have a great holiday!

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  23. My family always opened one gift on Christmas Eve, too! I think it started as a way to appease the small children when all my cousins, brother, and I were little. Now we keep doing it because it is just so much fun!

    I love the idea of your Christmas date night! So cute, I'll have to do that next year!

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  25. Wow, should be cool eat pizza in xmas haha
    I don't know what is i more like (is that correct?). I love the food and open the gift after midnight. Because here in Brazil we comemorate in 24th evening. I don't know if there is like here.
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  26. Merry Christmas :) you two look so adorable together :)

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  27. Such lovely holiday traditions! :)

    Even though our traditions have changed slightly over the years, we still make time on Christmas day to spend the day with family. The best part of the day I think :)

    Have a merry Christmas!

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  28. Happy Christmas Eve!! Great photo! Enjoy your fancy Christmas date night!!
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  29. This is so sweet!!!
    I love the Nutcracker ballet too, it's means Xmas for me!
    Beautiful photo, enjoy your holidays! :D
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  30. This is so so sweet! You and your fiancé both look so festively chic in this photo too!

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  31. Lovely post, doll! You and the boy look too cute together; love your chevron blouse!

    Merry Christmas!

    -Ashley
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  32. we do xmas eve lasagna! my mom's family is italian and it's always been a tradition! just had it for dinner

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  33. Marry Christmas yo you and your family...nice post..try some high heel shoes this christmas:)

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  34. Beautiful! Merry Christmas!
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  35. Merry Christmas! Hope you have a great Christmas! :)
    Really enjoyed the post! You look so pretty in this picture!
    Where I live, we don't really celebrate Christmas! I wish we would...

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  36. You have some awesome Christmas traditions Darcy! I would love to adopt opening a present on Christmas Eve and seeing The Nutcracker every year. So cute about your date night. That's so important. Wishing you a fabulous Christmas doll. ((hug))
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  37. I love Christmas traditions and yours sound so amazing and heartwarming :)
    Hope you're having a magical day!

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  38. Such sweet traditions!!
    Hope you've had a lovely Christmas =)

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  39. My family and I always open one gift on Xmas eve too, but we didn't until everyone stopped believing in Santa. Both of my kids still believe but as soon as they don't!
    -Ash
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  40. Love your tradition!!!Specially the third one!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!
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