As much as we try, B and I are not ones to hold family traditions. After 8 christmases together, we fail at returning to many of the same new traditions we start every year. But one of my favorite traditions of the holidays is Christmas Eve night. B and I usually close the shop a few hours early and start our celebrations. We usually get dressed up in our best and go to a candlelight service and dinner. Then we come home, make cocoa and watch our favorite Christmas movies until we fall asleep on the couch, forgetting that we were going to open just one gift before the morning. It’s always my favorite tradition, that we actually remember to keep. We aren’t always great at gift giving, putting a tree up or even remembering what we did last year but this tradition actually sticks every year. (My all time favorite holiday movie is a toss up between Love Actually and Four Christmases. B is an old soul — his are Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. I’m a new romantic, what can I say?)
But I love getting all dressed up for the holidays. I’m either reaching for pajamas or a pretty dress around this time of year. But when celebrating Christmas Eve between cozy or fancy, I choose fancy first, cozy later. I loved this Eliza J dress from the minute I saw it hanging in the store. It’s the right amount of holiday and classic, so I can wear it any time outside of the holidays, too. You can never go wrong with polka dots, I always say and you can definitely not go wrong with a little black dress. In fact, this is the easiest holiday dress I’ve found. Maybe I’ve found a new tradition after all.
A few of my favorite holiday dresses at Nordstrom right now!
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(^I sized up one dress size)
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