You all know Taylor. She’s the one who visited me in Oxford, who I drink tea with on a daily basis, who lives next door to me and puts up with my nightly snoring through the wall. She’s one of my favorite people, and because it’s known around the dorm how close we are and how often we’re together (or accidentally matching our outfits), we thought it would be really funny to send out a joint Christmas card this year. When Minted reached out to me about their holiday collection, it seemed like the perfect fit!
Christmas is one of my very favorite times of year. Twinkle lights, gift giving, and best of all, spending time with the people I love, helps make Christmas meaningful and the season feel touched with magic. Because much of our culture loves Christmas, hopes always run high around this time of year, and I notice that more and more people are longing for a meaningful Christmas. We don’t just want tinsel, holly, and presents. We want to be wholly present: to experience to fullness of this season. Especially as I’m growing up and my family is experiencing a new chapter in our lives, I want to make Christmas meaningful more than ever. Here are seven ways I’m doing just that.
It’s the holiday season, which means that millions of people are scouring the mall and the internet in search of the “perfect gift.” Often, though, a gift that seems perfect for someone else can be less-than-perfect for the planet, or for the people who made it. I do my best to shop ethically more often than not (you can read about why I do that here), and I’m focusing on making sustainable and conscious choices even more now that I will be moving into my own home this January. With the holiday season in full-swing, I want to make sure that my gift guides include ethical gift guides, for those of you who want to make similar choices. Today, I’ll be featuring some eco-friendly and fair trade gifts for the “hers” in your life (girlfriend, best friend, roommate, mom) in this ethical gift guide.
I hope you’re having a wonderful time together with your boyfriend right now! It was so lovely to read all about the things you’re grateful for, not just in your most recent blog post but also on your Instagram all month long. Your posts always make my day!
I’m having a great time at home right now. Unfortunately, tomorrow I really have to get to work on my academic due dates; I have a proposal, an essay, and a big chunk of a manuscript due this week! As I was putting together my calendar of due dates and schedules for the month, I saw that this is one of my last Love and Liefs posts of the semester! I’m planning to write my next one about finals and the one after that about Christmas (!!!!), so today I wanted to share a little reflection on one of the questions you asked me in our very first Love and Liefs posts! You asked me:
Hey friends! I think it’s officially the time of year when I can wish you happy holidays! Though Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, I’m an early planner, so I’ve been shopping for my gifts and Christmas cards for the last few weeks. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorites from Minted’s holiday line, and giving two of you the chance to win $125 at Minted!