Friday, December 24, 2010

Cleats & Couture: Holiday 2010 Edition

Even though my first semester of law school was quite literally hell-on-Earth, being in school post-undergrad does have its advantages. I still get a winter break where I can think about absolutely nothing for three weeks. I get the days surrounding New Years Eve off, allowing me to make elaborate plans to ring in 2011. And this year, it gives me plenty of time to catch up on writing.

My Christmas break always includes a trip to Wisconsin, where both of my parents were born and raised. My dad was a city boy from Milwaukee, and my mom lived more like Laura Ingles Wilder and grew her own corn in her front yard. So for as long as I can remember, we've returned to the homeland for the holidays to celebrate with both sides of the family.

Christmas Eve is always spent with my dad's side, drinking mimosas and eating from an insane Christmas spread. Christmas Day is spent with my mom's side where I'm one of 25+ cousins (maybe even more, I lose count as more babies are born) and my grandma makes peanut blossoms that I inevitably eat 15 of throughout the day.

My Christmas Eve outfit is always dressy; it's a night affair and I usually wear a dress with heels. This year, however, my sister bought me a gorgeous blue Michael Kors shirt with silver embellishment around the top. I try my best to stay clear of green and red in my holiday clothing and add a bit of sparkle (gold, silver, or bronze) to my ensemble instead. My outfit for Christmas Day will be much more casual, generally a top with boots (my sister usually wears hardtails and Uggs).

The rest of the break is spent in sweats, with the exception of my New Years Eve in New Orleans. But the entire break is spent watching college bowl games, and this year, praying that my sister's lucky streak runs out. As the pool stands now, my sister is 6-0, my boyfriend is 4-2, my parents and I are all 3-3, and my roommate is 2-4. My sister a) knows nothing about football (or as close to nothing as you can while being related to me) and b) was intoxicated when she made her picks. (She picked Washington over Nebraska. I have at least one guaranteed win over her.) Hopefully she doesn't show me up too badly or my reputation for a sports writer might be in jeopardy.

In any case, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas (which I don't feel bad saying as opposed to "Happy Holidays" because I have it on good authority that Jews love Christmas) and enjoys time with their families.

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