On Holiday Joy

Christmas Tree Shopping Kids

I had my heart set on our annual trip to the tree farm. Deep rooted in my own childhood, this holiday tradition of years past is one that we all look forward to.  This year, we were too late; the farms were already stripped of their Christmas trees available to cut down, and it seemed silly to drive so far for a pre-cut tree. My post-phone-call frustration had the potential to sour the day, but when I told the kids we were headed to Brooklyn instead,  they threw their joy around faster than my disappointment could surface. Kids are resilient.  They are natural joy spreaders, and their glimmering perspective is what holiday merriment is all about.

I’ve learned that holiday happiness is not determined by the flurry of activities and events that we do to keep the magic alive. It is built upon the pockets of meaningful time spent together.  And the letting go of an idealized vision of Christmas allowed me to see the everyday miracles around me.

Tree Shopping

Inside the little Brooklyn tree stand, the children weaved in and out of the Christmas trees, holding hands, begging to take home all the Charlie-Brownish trees because “what if no one wants them”?  The shape of that Sunday was slow and subtle, much like the rhythm of our holiday season this year.  We agreed on a tree, stopped for hot cocoa and enjoyed the glorious imperfections in decorating.

Christmas Trees Shopping UGG Australia Boots Men and KidsHot Chocolate NYC

We’ve had beautiful weekends doing no more than simply being together as a family.  It’s just what we need right now, and we’ve been taking advantage of being outdoors as much as possible in this unusually mild NYC December.  We’ve always believed in investing in solid winter gear to conquer the cold as it’s settling in.  The kids need warm coats and boots, as do the parents – to keep us all happy during the winter months.

Over the past few years, we’ve found a family favorite in UGG Australia.  We all crave the feeling of toasty toes cocooned in comfy sheepskin warmth. And I happen to find parenting MUCH easier when not having to deal with children’s socks.

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The new UGG Classic Slim collection fits my style perfectly. The boots are incredibly chic and versatile, with a moderate wedge and sleeker shape – without sacrificing the iconic comfort that UGG is famous for.

The boys went for a matchy-matchy father and son look from the Pendelton collection, with a Classic Mini from the men’s collection and the Kids’ Classic Short for little boys.  I wasn’t surprised when my daughter chose the Kids’ Classic Short Sparkle for girls.  They couldn’t be more perfect for an almost 8-year-old with her own unique fashion sense.

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We’ll be wearing our boots all season long – and if you’re pressed for a last-minute amazing gift – take advantage or their free 2-day shipping.

Cheers to merry making and comfort too.

Boots c/o Ugg Australia.  Opinions as always, are my own.

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Winter Wonderland

We were just beginning to feel like we’ve officially had it with winter….

NYC snow, Winter wonderland, polar vortex

When we were pleasantly surprised with pretty glorious weather.  Temperatures warm enough to lure us to the playground.  Air that hinted of warm seasons to come.

The slush and forgotten snow boots didn’t seem to bother the children, and we all enjoyed soaking in the late-winter sun.

nyc playground winter sun at the playground

The return to our local playground was so refreshing – I felt myself truly seeing my children and joining them in the wonder inherent in being a kid.

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