Holiday Traditions: SLAPR Christmas

The holidays are all about traditions that have been created with family and friends over the years. As children, my brother and I always woke up before my parents. We couldn’t wait to run down the stairs to open our gifts, but my dad would make us wait at the top until the video camera was “ready” to go. When we were finally allowed to go, we would race down the stairs and start opening the presents. This simple tradition sticks in my head each holiday season.

SLAPR  Christmas Cookies // Twin StripeI am writing this blog post from my friend’s apartment in Chicago. I’m here for the next few days to celebrate SLAPR (an acronym made from all five of our last names) Christmas, a tradition we developed around 10 years ago when we were freshmen in college. Each year we get together to celebrate the season, exchange presents and share a meal.

We typically plan to make dinner, but this year we will go out to eat so we don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning up. After dinner we will make our signature champagne pomegranate cocktails and share secret Santa gifts. If we are feeling up to it, we might even decorate cookies and watch our favorite holiday movies, Love Actually. I look forward to this event every year – I’m so happy I could make it to Chicago to celebrate with Charlotte, Marcela, Stefanie and Kristen!

Happy SLAPR Christmas // Twin Stripe

The above photos are from the last four SLAPR Christmases. As you can see, I couldn’t make it to last year’s so I Skyped in. Not matter how busy the season is, we make sure to make time for each other and celebrate our friendship.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? What new holiday traditions have you created with your significant other or friends?


About Katie

Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!

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