Christmas Recap + Smashbox Palette Giveaway

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already over and the end of 2015 is coming up soon. I spent the holiday up in Maine, and it was wonderful. Today I’m sharing a look at my holiday, and scroll down to learn how to enter the Smashbox palette giveaway!

Christmas Recap | Kate the (Almost) Great

December 23

Christmas Recap 2015 | Kate the (Almost) Great

We made our way up to Maine from Boston on the 23rd! My parents had a short trip a few weeks earlier and had the tree already in place, the lights on it, and other decorations set up so when we got there all we had to do was decorate the tree. During the car ride up, I had lots of Piper snuggles, during which she made just the cutest (and funniest) faces. Also, keep an eye out for Geaghan’s beer! You may find the Smiling Irish Bastard – or maybe others which are now bottled. And if you’re in Bangor, Maine, stop by Geaghan’s Pub or Taproom!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Recap 2015 | Kate the (Almost) Great

It was an abnormally warm Christmas Eve! We just hung out during the day, and I took Piper on a walk. We went to mass in Hampden and then watched Arthur Christmas. I tried to put a Santa hat on Gus, but he didn’t like it very much.


Christmas Recap 2015 | Kate the (Almost) Great

Christmas Recap 2015 | Kate the (Almost) Great

Christmas itself was delightfully lazy. In true Mitchell fashion, all gifts were opened by 9 AM! We don’t do an official Christmas dinner, and instead we have a semi-elaborate breakfast. That afternoon, my grandmother and my sister’s boyfriend came over and spent the night, which was lovely. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know the story behind that ornament I’m holding!)

Healy Family Christmas

On December 26, my mom’s siblings and their kids came over for Healy Family Christmas! My cousins are all much younger than I am, but they’re old enough now that we can play actual games together, which was nice. We had make-your-own tacos for lunch and walked down to the water in the afternoon. It’s unusual for the lake to be completely frozen by Christmas, but there’s usually at least an inch or two of solid ice. Not this year! This warmth is freaking me own, to be honest.

December 27

Yesterday, we woke up to 2ish inches of snow! That was wonderful. Gus, the Bernese mountain dog, was especially pleased. But in the morning we drove back to Boston, where it was 50 degrees, to a LOT of unpacking. We moved on Tuesday, actually, so there was unpacking from our trip as well as from moving. I hung up this glass starfish in my window  and the calendar on the wall so it’s starting to feel a bit more like my home.

Smashbox Palette Giveaway

Smashbox Palette Giveaway

Smashbox Palette Giveaway

We’re giving away a Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette! The giveaway runs from 12/28/15 12:00 AM EST to 1/3/15 11:59 PM EST. You must be 18 years old and within the USA to enter. I will pick a winner within 48 hours of the giveaway ending and will validate their entries. I will then email the winner, and they have to respond within 48 hours in order to collect their prize. Please do not cheat! I do check to make sure and you will be disqualified if you do.

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  • Reply Olya

    Sounds like such a wonderful Christmas!

    December 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Ashley Ziegler

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway, and what a great Christmas!!

    FYI: Your blogs like a girl twitter link doesn’t work because I think the twitter handle is wrong 🙂

    December 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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