Last night as we were sitting around my Nan Nan’s house — full, giggly, and oohing and aahing over luxurious candles and fuzzy robes — my uncle said something about how comforting it is that we get to do this every single year. No matter what goes on each year, we have the comfort of knowing we’ll get to do this. To gather, be merry, drink, eat, and shower each other with love. I guess that’s the whole allure of tradition, but I’d never thought of it quite that way. I love, love these people.

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  1. So sweet – and how true! We are so lucky. Hope you had a splendid holiday, Olivia! xo

  2. Simply lovely! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Olivia! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  3. thanks, natalie! i’m sure your family has incredible french countryside-esque traditions. happy holidays! x

  4. thank you, anna! i’m absolutely in love with your recent lisbon photos, by the way. so gorgeous. x

  5. Wonderful!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. and that´s what christmas is all about!here in portugal we also enjoy each other eating and drinking around the table!

  7. Well put. My boyfriend’s mother is a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, so needless to say we were extremely grateful to have a Christmas with her this year. Her house was definitely full of love.

  8. francine, gosh i can’t imagine what she must be going through. sandy hook has definitely reminded me how fortunate i am and how fragile this life is. so glad you guys could all be together. xoxo

  9. love the picture. so lovely. have a great time with your family :)

  10. Merry Christmas, Olivia!

  11. holidays with people you love is just the best! good to see you had an amazing christmas!

  12. How absolutely beautiful. I hope you and your family had a very merry Christmas :)

  13. I’m doing this exact tHing with my family this week – there is nothing better! Happy new year! xxoo

  14. What a beautiful scene! Looks like you had a lovely Christmas with your family. Happy New Year!

  15. I’m behind on reading blogs, but I just saw this and had to comment. Such a sweet way to sum up the holidays. I like what you said and the photo is also simple and captures that ‘comfort.’ Happy New Year!