A global pandemic, an election and virtual learning have really shaken up our snowglobes up all year. I’m tired, out of wine, and my hair is gray. I’m putting up the tree.

I can’t think of anything that spreads joy quite like decking the halls, so don’t mind me if I start earlier than usual. My family already thinks I have an “addiction” when it comes to the holiday season, and this year, I’m going full Griswold. As soon as I pull down the cobwebs and dump the pumpkins, I plan to immediately replace them with tinsel and gingerbread. We’re toasting Thanksgiving with hot cocoa and eggnog this year, baby! It’s 2020, we can adapt to anything.  

I’m not necessarily attempting to fast forward to the finish line (2021, please be kind), I’m really learning to appreciate all the little things that spark joy. Lockdowns, uncertainties and time away from family has certainly shown us all that nothing is promised, so there is no harm in celebrating bigger than ever before. If starting the day listening to holiday music lights your tree, crank it up. The same goes for any occasion you want to celebrate, the calendar can’t dictate when you can start living your best life, you’re in control. 

Dreaming of getting the decorations down from the attic now? Do it. If you want to have a Zoom spectacular birthday party for your dog, please send me the link. Promotions, good days, a C on your midterm, cute new boots, and your baby’s first steps are all reasons to celebrate like your Mindy Weiss. We’ve all had one hell of a year, find the magic wherever you can.

Photo Credit :: Lindsay Herkert Photography

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Alison is a lover of boybands, cheese, and a good leather jacket (not always in that order). Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, she left her career as a radio personality to move to Texas with the love of her life, Ed. In three short years, she became an Austinite, wife, and mama to sweet little Simon (2). Alison works as a nanny and a venue manager at dreamy One Eleven East in Hutto. She loves salsa dancing, nail salons that serve champagne, and sneaking snuggles when her toddler will let her. Although she misses her family, the seasons, and the sea back East, Alison is happy to call Austin home with her boys. You can find Alison on Instagram @aliwontshutup

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