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Guest Post: Southern Living, Our Way

Today, I'd like to introduce you to my new inter-webz friend, Alexa, from Southern Living, Our Way. She is 100% Southern, spunky, gorgeous, and is today's guest poster:)

Hi, Pics-O-Andrea readers! I'm so honored to be guest posting on Andrea's beautiful blog today! If her readers are even half as sweet as she is, I know I'm in good hands :) My name is Alexa and I blog over at Southern Living, Our Way, documenting bits and pieces of my newlywed life with a super-duper handsome husband, parenting an adorable but possibly psychotic fur-baby, and the hilariously unscripted things that could only happen to someone as awkward as me.
With December, like, HERE {I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been eyeing my Christmas decor since Halloween} and my favorite holiday quickly approaching, today I'm coming at y'all with some thoughts on Christmas+marriage. Hold on to your hooters, because it's a doozie! For richer or poorer; In sickness and in health; For holidays with in-laws and for regular days; This is my solemn vow.
That, my friends, should totally be the new version of traditional wedding vows. This year will mark the first time I’m spending Christmas morning away from my parents and brother, and I’d be very Pinocchio-with-a-long-nose if I said I was 100% happy about it. My husband, Glenn, and I are heading up to his hometown in New Jersey to spend time with his family, including Christmas Eve and Christmas day, days that hold sacred value and tradition for my family. Though we’ve spent Christmas mornings together before, this is also our first married Christmas, so would I have loved to spend it the way I remember Christmas growing up? Well, hellzzz yeah!
My brother and me circa 1991. Obviously we love Christmas!
Before I sound like a Grinchy daughter-in-law, let me say that I do love my in-laws. It wasn't easy in the beginning, and for those of you who had it easy, you're a rare breed! But these people raised one heck of a guy who I love with more than my whole heart, so I can dig 'em! However, here’s the problem: I’M SOUTHERN. Let’s all laugh for a second at the thought of me in New Jersey at the end of December. Glenn’s all promisey about a “white Christmas” for me, since growing up in the deep South I rarely saw one, but my reply is always, “But I want my mommy!” Did I mention I’m mature? ;) 
But you know what I finally realized? {Not without much huffing, puffing, and general pouty stomping about, mind you...} Christmas isn't about what state we spend it in, even if *gasp* it's not in the South. And it's not about doing the same thing year after year. Now that I am eternally linked to the man who completes my heart, who loves me with his entire being and wants nothing more than for me to smile waking up on Christmas morning, the holiday is about so much more. Christmas this year might be different for me in some ways, but one thing will remain the same: I will be surrounded by people who love me unconditionally. And what's more ~ I'm not their flesh and blood, so they don't even have to like me, but they still do!
Our first Christmas morning together, 2010
Thank you for letting me write to y'all today! I hope you'll head on over to Southern Living, Our Way and follow along!

3 comments

  1. My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years. He is a former Marine, and when we were first married lived on the coast in NC - 600 miles from my family in PA and 3,000 from his in NV. While I love my inlaws, and my own parents we have never spent a holiday with any of them. We still live in the south and love living in our "bubble where it's just the 2 of us.. We're weird, I know :D - but yeah, I would feel weird having it with my inlaws - but just try to focus on not freezing, and remembering they love you!

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  2. the pants ... i'm in love with the pants. epic shiz, alexa.

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  3. i don't know about a white christmas! it was in the 60's today in philly (across the river from jersey)! good luck up north for the holidays. people are a bit more direct and impatient, but they still have good hearts!

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