Time seems to pass more and more quickly these days, and as October races by, the reality is sinking in that this holiday season will be here and gone before we know it. It seems like every year, I have a few things that I want to accomplish during the holidays (see the Nutcracker at the city ballet! wrap my gifts with vintage ribbon! make a buche de noel from scratch!) and by the time December 26th rolls around, my good intentions are often still, well, just intentions.

“There’s always next year!” I tell myself. Can anyone identify? Well this, my dears, is THE year, and there’s no time like the present to seize the day and write down exactly what we want this holiday season to be about, and then just like Old St. Nick himself, check that list and check it twice. Here are a few things going on my calendar between now and December that I have a feeling will make the season more meaningful, and maybe even freeze time for a moment before it all rushes by in a blur. And just to get your creative juices flowing, I polled a few of my favorite creative people (including my mom!) to see what’s going on their holiday resolutions list this year… Of course, we’d love to get inspired by all of yours in the comments!

Camille’s Holiday Resolutions 2013

  1. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom makes her famous almond kringle pastry for Christmas morning breakfast. This year, I’m going to make it with her, side-by-side, so she can pass on all her secrets.
  2. We have the best neighbors, but thanks to a busy schedule and lots of coming and going, I feel like we never even see them! I’m going to find a Sunday afternoon in early December and invite them all to come over for a neighborhood open house. Nothing fancy — hot cocoa, mulled wine, a cheese board — it’s really just about taking the time to reconnect with our ‘hood and meet the new neighbors, too!
  3. I have so many great girl friends around the country who I rarely get to see, and this year, I want to show them how much I love them by sending a personal and completely unexpected gift. This one takes some advance planning — no Christmas Eve shopping! — but ’tis the season to treasure your nearest and dearest, wherever they are.

And some amazing resolutions from our editors, et. al:

Chris (my mom!): I would like to adopt a more organic feel to the holidays this year, including finding gifts that are both useful and beautiful (and loads of fun for Phoebe),  decorating the house with fresh greenery and creamy vanilla candles, and maybe taking a trip to San Antonio to walk along the river and enjoy some pre-Christmas Mexican food — a new tradition, perhaps?  

JenSince this will be our final holiday season as a family of two, we are really focusing on spending as much time as possible with our families and friends back home this year. I’m looking forward to enjoying the traditions of my childhood– Christmas Eve tomales, building gingerbread houses with my sisters, baking raspberry thumbprint cookies with my mom, and spying on my dad while he perfects his Christmas Day feast of prime rib and yorkshire pudding (which hopefully one day I will master!). All the while we will be pondering what our own traditions will be as a family of three next year back in Los Angeles!

SarahThis holiday season I want to mail my Christmas cards out before the New Year!  I love receiving cards from all of our friends and family, it’s such a nice treat and something I look forward to every year.  And it seems like such a simple thing to send my own but I get so caught up in holiday party planning, shopping for gifts, and baking yummy treats that the month flies by and before I know it I’m sending my cards to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  This year the cards are going out no later than the second week of December, I’m making that promise to myself right here and now.

ElizabethThis year, we’re resolved to stay in town for Thanksgiving, and we have a long list of family “must do’s” for our staycation, including day trips to Houston and San Antonio, leisurely trips to museums we never seem to have time to visit, new restaurants we want to try, lots of movies, Hill Country hikes, thrift store shopping, and a family run in the Turkey Trot!

Martha LynnThis holiday I resolve to work less, play more and create new traditions with my family!  I’m also on the hunt for the best Christmas lights in Austin!

ClaireThis year I’m putting away work to focus more on special time with family and friends, baking, and relaxing.

** all photos by Buff Strickland for this collaboration we did with kate spade new york.

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Comments (26)
  1. 1
    All in a Soiree October 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Need to also start working on my holiday resolutions, love the comfort and feel of your photos.

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    Chelsea October 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

    My mom recently gave me a large stack of my Grandma’s old recipes—all written on ruled paper or note cards.

    This season, I’m going to scan them in and create a special book for all my family members who grew up eating my Grandma’s delicious fried chicken and chocolate pie.

    Thanks for the encouragement, Camille and friends!

    • Katie Meyers (@MeyersStyles) October 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Chelsea – this is a phenomenal idea! I’ve been thinking about what to do with some family recipes (some almost 100 yrs old written in my great grandmother’s handwriting). Though we know them by heart, I want to create something special and a family cookbook is a perfect idea. Thanks.

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    sarah October 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I love this, especially the idea of inviting the neighbors over for a holiday treat!

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    FripperyVintage October 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

    You are really getting me in the mood for fall! Just wish the weather would cooperate!

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    Katie Meyers October 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Camille- perfect timing for this post! We’re expecting our first in a few weeks so we hope to start new traditions (early X-Mas morning breakfast & checking out magical window displays in NYC). And, like your vintage ribbon, this year I’m determined to make each gift look special (no stuffing things in gift bags last minute…easy to say before I actually have a newborn though! 🙂 )

    • Camille Styles October 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Such an exciting time, Katie!! This will definitely be one of your most special holidays ever… treasure every minute! xo

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} October 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Loved this feature when I first saw it! I agree… new traditions for me will be turn off electronics and have family fun time! XO

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    Kate October 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    What a beautifully written post, Camille. Now is definitely the time to begin thinking about making this holiday a meaningful one. It feels like stopping time and getting a wonderful head start, doesn’t it?! This holiday I want to reconnect with out-of-town friends and family I haven’t had meaningful conversations with in a long while. This post has inspired me to do just that!

    • Camille Styles October 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Kate — definitely share your sentiment. There’s no doubt that fostering those relationships and reviving the meaningful connections in our lives are what really creates the holiday “magic,” right?

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    Meenakshi October 12, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Lovely post! I think it’s nice to sit back and reflect on what we’d like to do differently going forward, and what better time than the holidays to celebrate with intention!

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    Lori Haislip October 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I love this post! If you can share at some point some great gifts to mail to girlfriends (without giving away what you are sending) I could use some suggestions! I too hope to connect with my neighbors, send out Christmas cards early, and have some family down time while my kids are home from college 🙂

    • Camille Styles October 13, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Lori. We have some fab gift guides on the calendar for Nov/Dec, for ALL the tough-to-buy-for people in your life. Stay tuned! 😉

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    Jess October 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I loooove all the images on this! It totally got me excited for the holidays!

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    Gawashh October 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I just wanted to say, that you have a very beautiful blog, i really enjoy it!
    and i absolutely agree time pass by very quickly & holidays are memorable days so make it special & great!.

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    Karina October 14, 2013 at 6:41 am

    My mom does a great thing every year. She takes an hour or two to write down the wishes and greetings she wants to give. So it’s never last minute and on the spot “all the best”, but her words are always meaningful, well-thought and very personal, Also, she sometimes rhymes.

    • Camille Styles October 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

      I really love this one. I can’t stand that feeling of knowing that I just jotted off a card to someone with little thought behind it because I was in a hurry. This year I’m resolving to settle in with a cup of tea and really be intentional about the wishes I send to the people I love. Thanks Karina!

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    Simone October 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

    What I mostly have to do, is making homework in the holiday… Though I’d still like to make time to craft some things!

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    Dominique Paolini October 16, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I love the idea of a neighborhood open house. Mulled wine, hot chocolate and cheese? Sounds PERFECt