Forgive me for cheating.

This is what we all wore for Christmas Eve Mass. It was our first Christmas Mass in the new worship space and it was the loveliest of lovelies. We arrived an hour early and scored a pew on the second row. About ten minutes later seats began getting pretty scarce. I’ve at least learned that in a decade+ of parenting. Get to the big Masses early if you want a decent seat. It was even sweeter that our family was joined by my parents, my brother and his family, my sister-in-law’s parents and my cousin. There was also a random couple that joined our pew and I’m pretty sure they wished they had chosen another.

We have some meaningful traditions surrounding Christmas Eve and I’ll be sharing the rest of my Christmas pictures and stories this week on the blog. Oh, there are some good ones. Like, say, when we hogtied our tree to the stairwell at 4AM on Christmas morning. Yeah, you’ll want to stop in this week for that funny.

While tomorrow is officially the end of the Christmas season, as we celebrate Epiphany, I admit to being a bad Catholic. We took down our decorations yesterday. It was really the survival of the fittest. School starts on Tuesday and Scott was home this weekend to assist with the box stacking. With my five-month preggo belly, it had to be done. Admittedly, the house looks pretty bare. But, new year, new start, new opportunities.

Without further delay, here’s our stitches, glitter and ties.

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christmas_s,k_01The deets:
Big boys: ties from Petite Peanut, shirts/khakis from Dillard’s
Little boy: sweater from Gymboree, khakis from Target
Girls: Dresses/bows/tights from Gymboree
Me: Dress/bracelet/earrings from WHBM, necklace from Talbot’s, boots from Dillard’s (baby bump, then, was 22 weeks!)
The Mr: Shirt/suit from Dillard’s, tie from Petite Peanut

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5 Comments

  1. Bonnie on January 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I took down the stockings already – I just couldn’t handle them any more. The tree will come down tomorrow but during this blizzard I’m happy to still have the pretty lights.

  2. Beth (A Mom's Life) on January 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Your whole family always looks so fabulous and this week is no exception!

  3. Lisa on January 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Aw, I love all the festive outfits, Kathryn! And we started taking down decorations yesterday- our tree was so dry by the time we wrestled it outside it was nearly bare of needles!

  4. Susan on January 6, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I am so happy you posted your Christmas pics!! I always have to tell myself to stop looking around at Christmas Eve Mass, because I’m totally enthralled with all of the adorable kids in their dapper attire and dressy dresses. It’s all so wonderful, and it’s all for Jesus!! Thinking of you lots lately, and hoping you are well!!

  5. verdinalouisa on January 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    All is bright… Team Whitaker has to be the most beautiful and photogenic!

    I’ve always been a Midnight Mass person on Christmas; but, this year, since two of my granddaughters were singing at the 5:00 p.m. Mass, I decided to brave that one. They had to be there at 3:00, so I volunteered to take them and that was a great idea. It was a great time to not only save seats for the rest of the family, but to enjoy a little quiet time. As a bonus, the children prayed a Rosary and sang a song after each Mystery. I may have a new tradition!

    May God continue to bless Team Whitaker in the new year… looking forward to meeting #6!

    V

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