Christmas New and Old

December 28, 2011 · 33 comments

This Christmas was full of traditions old and new.

I hope you had as merry a holiday as I did. There were so many things to bring my Christmas cheer to a all-time high this year.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without any of that regular mess.

Especially the challenge that is taking the annual family Christmas picture.

How’s that for entertaining?

Although I thoroughly enjoyed each of these old traditions, my favorite was making a brand new tradition with my sister.

I told her how FitFluential we were being by lacing up our sneakers on Christmas Day. We took off shortly after I explained what the heck I was talking about.

Next year, we’re going for 6.5. Okay, Amy?

This was the farthest Amy has run since way before her surgery. Let’s talk about how big a rockstar she is.

By the way, don’t be fooled. I wasn’t a model eater over Christmas… I ran my leggies off so I could eat pie and cookies and feel a little less guilty about it (don’t worry, I tattled on myself to Jim).

Oh, and are you wondering why some of these pictures suddenly look exceptionally awesome?


Hit me – in order for it to be Christmas, what are your non-negotiables?

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I love how you’re honest about running more to eat more! Ha! You’re so funny.
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2 nicole marie December 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

your dress and boots are fabulous! they are so much complimented by the cute poochie in your arms! and your sister is amazing. breast cancer is a huge thing in my family, so it renders my heart with absolute happiness to read another touching story of survival. yeah for dogs, sisters, and dresses! πŸ™‚ x
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3 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Working out to eat more is always my motivation. Enjoy your new camera! πŸ™‚
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4 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe December 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Is that a Victoria’s Secret sweaterdress?
My non-negotiables in order for it to be Christmas… Watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. Mimosas on Christmas morning. Hearing Domenic the Donkey at least 4 times between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, even if that means downloading it as a ringtone. Stockings come before opening presents. Period.
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5 Dorsa @ Running Thoughts December 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I love your dress! Super cute πŸ™‚

We must watch Home Alone, Love Actually and Family Stone.. every year πŸ™‚


6 jamie @ getalivingsense December 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Love your family picture! So cute. Our xmas traditions include church on xmas eve, pillsbury cinnamon buns on xmas morning, and hiding the pickle! This year we added an xmas eve eve family pub crawl to the mix, and my sister and I did a run on Xmas eve as well! πŸ™‚
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7 She Rocks Fitness December 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Our family Christmas picture was quite entertaining as well! Try getting 2 golden retrievers to smile…impossible, but comical as well. Like you, I ran a awesome run before the holiday festivities began. Lots of red wine and an abundance of sweets were consumed and I LOVED It, although my belly…Oh well! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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8 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! December 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I love how you are holding Chloe in the picture!! So hilarious/cute!
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9 Nikki December 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Awesome camera. Enjoy! I recently got a D90 for my graduation with my Master’s Degree in August! It’s awesome!


10 Erin Kidd December 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Gah, I’m so jealous of that camera! The pics look so good.
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11 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I most CERTAINLY run more so I can eat more!!
And ps. you look great in that cream dress!! sexy girl!
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12 Michelle @ Blogitness December 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Your family picture is adorable!
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13 julie December 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

OBSESSED with your white/beige sweater dress. OBSSSEEEEEEESSED
nonegotioables? spelling that incorrectly…
rainbow cookies, turkey, FAMILY LOVE, being home, jingle jammies & hugs from grammy
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14 Kristen McGrath December 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Amy rocks!! So does the iPhone πŸ™‚ sweet camera too! Xoxo


15 Sylvia @ frolic through life December 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Looks like you had an awesome Christmas! I love you family photo – so cute! I’m totally jealous of your gift. It was on my list too, but I guess I wasn’t that nice this year. πŸ˜‰
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16 Karla December 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Yay new camera!!! So exciting. Love the Christmas family pictures takes…always a challenge in my house to capture that moment too. I laced up Christmas Eve & Day! Definitely going to be a new tradition for me as well.
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17 Kelsey December 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I LOVE THAT DRESS!! so pretty!!! my Christmas non-negotiable is listening to Christmas music and laying in front of the Christmas tree with my daddy. πŸ™‚ Daddy’s Little Girl always and forever!
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18 Mom December 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

You forgot to get a pic of the bayberry candle!


19 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry December 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I already stalked all of your Christmas shenanigans on your FB, now that we are officially friends πŸ™‚ Beautiful pics! Your nieces are so cute.
My Christmas non-negotiables are family, turkey, stockings and wine.
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20 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 29, 2011 at 2:59 am

Looks like you had a great Christmas! Love the new camera!
My non-negotiatables are Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas morning with my kids to see what Santa brought and a yummy Christmas breakfast!
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21 Becca December 29, 2011 at 3:50 am

your camera is AWESOME!!!! I couldn’t afford a Canon so I got a Nikon, but still…your pics are fab! Looks like a great Christmas!
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22 Amber K December 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

My family is totally going to have to do a yearly picture. I never have many pictures after the holiday, and that is no fun! I have to have fun times on Christmas otherwise it doesn’t feel like a holiday.
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23 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Yay for successful family pic! My non-negotiables are wine, messes, sweet treats, family bonding, and lots of pajama time.

I too got a camera for Christmas. We’ll have to trade tips n’ tricks. I haven’t had much time to fool around with mine yet, but I’m excited to play with it this weekend!
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24 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Yay for the canon rebel. I got the same one!!!! Twinnnssss. I am already obsessed with it πŸ˜€


25 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health December 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Yay I got that camera too!!! I LOVE it already :D. Your white sweater dress is so cute! My non-negotiable for Christmas is family time.
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26 Baking Serendipity December 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I love this post! The photographs are awesome (good job, new camera!), especially the one from above, overlooking the Christmas mess πŸ™‚ Family pictures are a must in our house on Christmas too…and equally difficult to capture!
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27 Danica @ GirlsThatRun December 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I got that camera too!!! Isn’t it the best? And I love your puppy. Seriously. Cutest thing ever.
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28 Sami December 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

SUCH a gorgeous family!! (;
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29 Lea December 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Chloe. In the family Christmas pictures. Ahahaha! Too funny how you’re holding her up in the air!!! I can’t believe you can still pick her up, if I remember correctly my lab weighed as much as my 9-year-old self when she was only a year old.
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