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Happy holidays, friends!

I hope you are all doing well! A month ago, I asked via my Twitter and Snapchat channels if you guys had any ideas for me to write about! Someone suggested I write about my personal holiday traditions, and I thought, how fun would that be!

Our family takes Christmas VERY seriously. Naturally, it’s my favorite holiday! There’s just something so magical about the twinkling lights, the excitement in little ones’ eyes, the dazzling decor, and of course, the season of giving & family.

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My Family’s Christmas Traditions 

I think one of the reasons why Christmas is so special to me is because for as long as I can remember, my parents have hosted Christmas at their home on Christmas Eve. I have a relatively small family, but I remember how excited I used to get when the house would fill up with my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. With everyone’s busy schedule, it can be so hard to get everyone in one stagnant place!

As a little girl, we use to go up to my grandpa’s cottage in Michigan and cut down a tree. Although we no longer do that anymore, I still enjoy cutting down a live tree and decorating it. I get this from my parents; my mom decorates the BEST Christmas trees that you will ever see in your lifetime. Guys, I wish I could convey to you how gorgeous her trees are. Each year she has a different theme; personally, her gold and brown tree last year was hard to beat! The ornaments are always shimmery, crystal-like, and eye-catching. I promise, you will never find a more elegant tree.

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We are huge into decorating cookies as well. We dedicate a whole day to “cookie day” while frosting sugar cookies and rolling peanut butter balls to Niel Diamond’s Christmas tape. Since as long as I can remember, we’ve been frosting cookies to that good ol’ Niel Diamond tape. It’s definitely a signature component of my childhood!

On Christmas Eve, my mom and grandma get together and cook an amazing meal. I don’t want to brag or anything, but my mom is the best cook in the world. Just ask my fiancé, whenever she has us over for dinner, we always leave a good 5 lbs heavier, unable to move (or breathe!) On the menu for Christmas usually includes turkey or ham, cheesy potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta salads of all kins, pies of all sorts, lots of homemade Christmas sugar cookies, seasoned pretzels, and more. You definitely will never go hungry in the Hetzel household! I just hope someday I can be even HALF as good as a cook as my mom and grandma are. My great grandma used to work at a bakery so I think it all started with her!

We head to midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and then Christmas morning, we open gifts at my parent’s. This is always a 3 hour long process because my mom insists we all open one gift at a time so she can see every single gift! 😉 I just love gift opening, because I love giving gifts to others. Christmas is the time of the year that I splurge, except this year because of wedding year, I had to cut back a little. I decided to get a little creative with the homemade gifts, you can follow along on Snapchat to see what those are. I’ll share on Christmas morning!

After opening gifts, my mom makes a huge brunch (did I mention we like to eat in this family?!) Although we are usually still stuffed from the night’s meal before, we manage to make room for french toast, bacon, porkie sausages, and an egg bake!

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Now that I’m getting married, I realize that pretty soon Trev and I will be starting traditions on our own! I’m hoping to mesh the traditions that we’ve grown up in between both households. The Korpi side celebrates Christmas on Christmas night, with a big, fun party filled with family, friends, and laughter. I love Christmas because everyone is always in a good mood, there are always yummy drinks (the Christmas slush gets me every year!) and good company. As I’m writing this, I wish 12/25 would just hurry up already! I think it’s my favorite day of the year!

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I am so excited to share the day with our friends and family. Trevor has been really sick with bronchitus the past week, but thankfully, his health has recently taken a turn for the better. I recently woke up with a scratchy cough so I’m just praying I didn’t get his sickness, and if I did, that it holds off until the holidays are over!

Outfit deets // 
Coat || Charlotte Russe
Dress || JC Penny’s
Heels || Charlotte Russe

Find a similar look here!

Now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear from YOU! What are YOUR holiday traditions?!

These lovely photos are by Shaunae Teske Photography

Xoxo,

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    What a great holiday look! Love the lace dress and lace up heels!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Thanks lady! I was so excited to post this one! xo

  • Pineapple & Prosecco

    Loved reading about your holiday traditions! We share so many of the same ones, like hosting the holidays at our house and baking cookies!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    • I think EVERYONE bakes cookies… or at least, they should. lol

      • Pineapple & Prosecco

        You wouldn’t believe that I am the only one out of my group of friends who does!!

      • That is crazy!! Maybe you will rub off onto them 😉

  • Ruthie Ridley

    This jacket and dress are perfect on you!!! Love the traditions! XO

  • Jae

    This is going to be my second Christmas here in the US with my husband’s family. Most of them are registered nurses, so they have work even on Christmas Day, but we do get together for lunch/dinner (whichever is more convenient) and exchange gifts. Nothing too fancy, just some great family time.

    P.S. I have a similar dress from Dorothy Perkins, and it’s in cobalt blue! :)

    • Aw, family time is the best! Enjoy every second! xo

  • You look gorgeous and I love that these items are pretty affordable :) Have an amazing holiday and thanks for sharing your traditions XO!

    • Thanks so much, Steff! Happy holidays!

  • Such a beautiful and festive holiday look! Love the shoes.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

  • Divine Mwimba

    I am in love with that dress! And the shoes are to die for!

    • They aren’t bad to walk in, either! Win-win!

      • Divine Mwimba

        Oh that’s a win win for sure!

  • Neely

    This is such a perfect outfit!

  • Neelofar

    Love all this red. it’s so perfect for the holidays!
    Neelofar
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  • Lauren Norton

    Okay, you are gorgeous and your outfit is amazing! Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, your Christmas traditions sound like so much fun! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!
    xoxo Lauren I Glitter & Grandeur

    • Aw thank you Lauren! I appreciate you stopping by! xoxo

  • That outfit is so fab – it looks great on you!

    • Thanks so much, Rach!! xo

  • Danielle Mariah

    How fun! I shared my Christmas traditions on my blog today too! Once we got married, my husband and I started our own tradition of going to the bookstore on Christmas eve and picking out a book each… a fun tradition to do with our future kids too!

    • What an AWESOME tradition!!! Never heard of that before. So cool!!

  • Maggie Waid

    Gurl. You are rocking that outfit!!!! I absolutely LOVE that dress. The lace detail on it is freaking superb! I always really enjoy getting your emails in my inbox because I think you have amazing style!

    • Aw! Thank you so much, that means so much to me!! xo

  • Omg! Just the cutest holiday look! Obsessed with this red on you. The lace detail is fab! You are def ready for Christmas!

    • Thanks so much, Jess!! xo

  • So cute! And I loved that you matched your shoes to your dress. So pretty.

    • Thank you . I wanted to try a red-on-red look!

  • Super cute look, dress is really beautiful xo

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  • LOVE this dress! Enjoy midnight mass with your fam! I’ll have add ya on Snapchat to follow along!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I love hearing about your traditions – your mom sounds like she would get along with my mom GREAT! What are Trevor’s traditions? Does he have anything strong that his family does? We always used to cut down a tree from Wisconsin too, and when the kiddos are older we’ll definitely keep that up.

    • Thanks Linds! As for traditions, they are very similar to ours! That is so fun, those are wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. <3

  • This dress is GORGEOUS on you! Also, I loved reading about your Christmas traditions. I always love seeing what different holiday traditions people have.

  • Amy Smith

    I love spending time with my family and attending our annual Candlelight service.

    • That is so cool! Thank you for sharing!

  • The dress looks so festive and perfect for the holidays. I love that location with the theatre in the background, too. Beautiful!
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Thanks so much! We lucked out :) We were in downtown Green Bay, WI

  • You look gorgeous! Love the look, so festive. Christmas is my favourite time of the year too. You have such fun Christmas traditions. Wishin you a Merry Christmas. ?

    • Thanks so much. Merry Christmas, sweetie!

  • such a beautiful look, love that you went all red!
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    • I LOVE wearing red! Thank you!! xoxo

  • Angelle Marix

    Simply Gorgeous!!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

    Xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    • Thanks so much, Angelle! I appreciate your sweet comment! xoxo

  • Red is your color girl! You look amazing. I can’t decide if I love your coat or your dress more!!

    • Aw thanks babe! You’re the BEST!!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Another stunning dress. I love your traditions. I wish I had a cookie decorating one. We make sausage balls every year for breakfast. :)

    • That is SO awesome though! Almost the same thing 😉