Every year, we alternate between spending Christmas with my family and with my in-laws (we do the same for Thanksgiving).
Last month we celebrated Thanksgiving in New Jersey, which would usually mean Christmas in New York with my family. However, my parents also have a house in Florida and that’s where they were going to be this year. My brothers both live in FL full time, and the older one kindly offered to host.
I love warm weather, so no one had to twist my arm to convince me to head south for the holidays!
Dave and I tried to get flights down but they were SO expensive that we decided to drive instead. I was kind of nervous since we have never done such a long trip before (approx 21 hours), but I knew with stops along the way we should be able to get through it!
(crossing the border)
The drive honestly wasn’t that bad, but I’m definitely not looking forward to heading back north in a few days!
I have to admit it was pretty strange to go outside on Christmas morning and take photos in 80 degree weather…but I loved every minute of it!
I wore a dress and petticoat I purchased on Amazon ($22 and $15 respectively, although I think the prices have gone up a bit since then). I originally purchased these to wear to a school concert which is why I didn’t want to invest a lot of money…but I was actually really impressed with the quality of both items!
We’ll have to see if I feel the same way after washing, but for now I’m optimistic! The only issue was the sizing on the dress – I purchased an XS (my usual size), but as you can see below it was a bit big and bunching at the waist.
Another bonus of being in Florida was getting to spend Christmas with my adorable niece! I love this girl so much!
This guy’s pretty good too 🙂