>We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

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Christmas really snuck up on me this year! I didn’t have much time to get in the holiday spirit [we didn’t even put up a tree, for shame] and it’s hard to believe it’s come and gone already. We had a great weekend spending time with family from near and far, honoring old traditions and making new ones, and eating until utter failure
C surprised me with his best Christmas present yet — well, since my engagement ring on the eve of Christmas Eve five years ago. 
We agreed not to buy each other gifts this year since we’re focusing on saving money and putting any extra resources into the business. After a long day at the flower shop on Thursday, we went out for a late bite to eat. As I nodded off into my lobster mac and cheese, I made him promise one final time that he didn’t buy me anything. On Christmas morning, he woke me up with a pretty red velvet box that held a beautiful, delicate strand of vintage pearls. He told me that he didn’t break his promise… they were his grandmother’s, and were passed down to his mom and now to me. It was the sweetest, most thoughtful gift I can imagine, and I’m honored to be entrusted with such a special family heirloom. 
The only thing missing this Christmas was my Nan, who passed away over the summer. She was the matriarch of our family and the creator of our traditions, the baker of our sweet treats and the light of all of our lives. She spent every holiday in the kitchen with my Aunt Cindy making the most amazing meals for the family, and Aunt Cindy gave me one of Nan’s aprons that she saved for me at dinner last night. It was so special to me, and I hope some of Nan’s cooking magic rubs off in my kitchen when I wear it.  
I hope you all had a blessed holiday with your loved ones! 

21 thoughts on “>We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

  1. >What a beautiful heirloom! My MIL gave me (one of) her mother's pearl necklaces for my wedding, and I was honored as well. Sorry about your Nan. It kind of gets easier, but we still miss my grandpa, especially around Christmas. Meow & Mwah

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  2. >Oh my goodness Keira. What a fantastic gift! My heart is swelling. Holidays without loved ones is always difficult. I hope you and your family were able to share some of your Nan's most memorable moments with each other. That's always what brings smiles to our faces when we're missing my grandpa. xo

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  3. >I love these photos. The decorations are captured so beautifully.That is an amazing surprise. Too bad my family doesn't have anything we pass down. Sorry about your Nan. My grandma passed this summer and she was the cook, the baker, the person who said you didn't eat enough if you couldn't eat for 2 straight hours. I wish I had one of my gram's aprons. We always had aprons when we visited as kids. We didn't have one designated for us. We just wore one of her many. Man do I wish we had those now.

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  4. >That is probably the best "non gift" gift ever. Those pearls are lovely! I especially like how they grow in size towards the middle. Makes them unique. Merry Christmas … You look so cute and cozy in your turtle neck. :)

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  5. >What a wonderful Christmas!Those pearls are so gorgeous! And the fact that they are an heirloom makes them so much more special. I can't wait to see you wear them! I bet you will look so sophisticated.

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  6. >What a thoughtful husband! Those pearls are absolutely stunning. Loved hearing about your Christmas. So glad you guys had a nice holiday. PS – the photo of you & Santa is too cute!

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  7. >"Eating until utter failure". Here, here! Your story about the pearls was utterly, utterly sweet. That's so thoughtful (and they're beautiful)! I'm sorry that your Nan wasn't with you for the holiday. I feel as though the first time without someone is always the most difficult. It's wonderful that you have something to remember her by when you're cooking, though. Merry Christmas!!

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