First off I was to start by saying Merry Christmas!! This is by far my favorite holiday and I am so glad you're spending it here on my blog! As many of you know, I recently got married this past September to my high school sweetheart. I am so incredibly excited to be spending our first Christmas together as a married couple! I think one of the best parts are the new traditions we will make together and one day share with our kids. But, one of my favorite traditions is shared by the Portell side of my family. When I was about 5 months old my Grandma Portell died. Now, I didn't know her but many people say we are a spitting image of each other in personality and features. When my dad was a little boy Charline would make dozens upon dozens of thinly baked sugar cookies. When she passed away my mom carried on that tradition for him in her memory. This past Thursday my mom and I carried on that very tradition for what makes 21 years now. We baked almost 16 dozens sugar cookies and danced around the kitchen all day listening to Christmas music. I know it isn't much but it's the little things that mean the most in life. Christmas is the most chaotic holiday of the year but we have to remember what it is all about and to enjoy it by making memories with our families. Merry Christmas, everyone!