I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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Most Black Friday shoppers spend their day battling crowds at the mall; instead, I ditched the retail madness, hopped on a plane, and traveled 4,000 miles across the world. Although Thanksgiving had just ended for us in America, Christmas was in full swing overseas. The big ceramic bulbs were dangling from the ceiling at Covent Gardens in London, the upside down Christmas tree was sparkling at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and fresh holly lined the window sills of chocolate shops in Brussels. As incredible as it was to spend time in a winter wonderland on the other side of the globe, there really is nothing like being at home for Christmas.

Wishing everyone a very happy and Merry Christmas with your loved ones!

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IMG_8431^^A classic Christmas wreath outside this iconic London hotel.

IMG_8430^^Christmas markets on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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IMG_8428^^Merry Christmas….from PARIS!

IMG_8424^^A pink “Christmas tree” made of dessert boxes at Ladurée in Brussels.

IMG_8426^^Baby Christmas trees waiting to be adopted in Belgium.

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Iceland

A few weeks ago, I booked my dream trip to Iceland with one of my best friends, Jamie. I’m not sure exactly what it is about this country that intrigued me so many years ago but I have been dreaming about it ever since.

My love for Iceland grew immensely after looking through the photos taken by one of my favorite bloggers, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper. There were never-ending miles of glaciers, Northern Lights dancing across the sky, and the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon. You better believe my Iceland “to do” list is growing more and more each day.

{photos courtesy of Gary Pepper}