What Are Your Holiday Traditions?

Everlane camisole

Let’s talk holiday traditions! Regardless of your religious affiliation and how you celebrate the season, there is often a strong sense of tradition associated with the holidays and I’m sure many of you have routines or favorite memories that carry on year after year. One of my favorite things about transitioning into the “real world” 5+ years ago was forming some of my own traditions around the holidays since in college, most of us were occupied with exams right up till our flights or trips back home!

This will be my first Christmas away from my parents–we’re going to J’s house–and while it’ll definitely be a break in tradition from a routine perspective, I feel like it’ll be a little less difficult to be away from home because my family’s “Christmas traditions” have changed so much since I was little. We used to put up a tree and Santa used to pay us a visit, but the last time the tree went up was when I was in high school and we aren’t traditional gift givers this time of year. We’re Hindu so don’t religiously celebrate Christmas, but my parents made it a priority to follow many traditional western cultural routines and holidays (especially since they they’d lived in this country for so long and had formed traditions around the holidays themselves!). While they don’t put up a tree anymore, we do always eat Pillsbury canned cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning and watch the Disney Christmas Day Parade. Hot chocolate has always been abundant and more recently, so have hot toddies. And for the past several years, we’ve been going to an Indian food buffet for lunch on Christmas Day!

Holiday outfit idea

Once I moved to DC after college, my friends and I started doing a Secret Santa every year and always had some kind of festive little gathering that included an abundance of food, wine, and sugar. J and I started getting drinks at The Willard and added our Christmas tree acquisition + decorating to our own traditions once we moved in together. The past few years have taught me something wonderful: The best thing about traditions is that there can (and should) always be more, and sometimes circumstances mean existing traditions have to evolve. And that’s ok!

Outfit details below, but I’d love to know about your holiday traditions, and whether (and how) they’ve changed over time!

Holiday outfit idea

Onto this outfit–unfortunately my exact Everlane tank is sold out, but this camisole is similar. I love the versatility of a basic silk tank and how easily it pairs with pretty much any bottoms in your wardrobe. If you’re in a pinch for festive outfits this time of year, try pairing black + white (or cream) together and adding a piece of statement jewelry. It’s also nice knowing that these won’t sit in your closet or storage for a year…you know I love a year-round closet essential!

Everlane silk cami


Everlane tank (sold out but this is similar; I’m wearing a 6)
J.Crew skirt (old; similar + similar)
J.Crew shoes (mine are the older model and are literally the best pair of heels, especially when they’re on sale like they are now!)
Tuckernuck earrings


Holiday outfit idea

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  1. Rachel wrote:

    These are such beautiful photos of you! I love your outfit… I’m constantly on the hunt for a skirt like that.

    Rachel | http://www.rachelstriving.wordpress.com

    Posted 12.12.18 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much, Rachel! I’m kind of surprised J.Crew stopped making it after a couple seasons…it’s a staple!

      Posted 12.13.18 Reply
  2. ashlee wrote:

    Love what you said about traditions evolving! A bit of a hard thing to let happen as we get older! ;) Love this holiday look!

    Ashlee | http://www.cobaltchronicles.com

    Posted 12.19.18 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      You’re definitely in the throes of it right now :)

      Posted 12.21.18 Reply