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As I grow older, my Christmas list is including more items that promote self improvement and productivity rather than entertainment. This Christmas, I was blessed to receive presents that will help me improve the quality of my photography and design work.

{camera lens | wi-fi harddrive | bamboo capture tablet | photoshop lightroom 3}

I also received gifts for my apartment and pantry…

{apple remote | lara bars | CHI mini straightener | victorinox knives set}

…some DVDs…

{harry potter complete collection | bridesmaids}

…and beautiful jewelry and clothing! My father gave the girls in the family (3 daughters + wife) beautiful peridot rings. Peridot is the birthstone for August, which is our last name. So clever!

Moving from the materialistic side of the holiday season, my family has many traditions that we partake in during this cheerful time of the year. The season usually begins with a Hanukkah celebration (my Father is Jewish). This year we skyped our Uncle Ben and he did the blessing of the Menorah as we lite the 4th candle.

We then had a delicious meal of brisket, collards, latkes, and pie for dessert!

On Christmas Eve, it is our tradition to cook a gigantic meal, get dressed up, go to Mass, then get into our pajamas and ride around the neighborhood and look at Christmas lights.

On Christmas morning after opening our presents, we drive down to beautiful Charleston, SC and eat at the delectable Charleston Place.

For New Years we are going to be having our annual oyster roast and ringing in 2012 with family and best friends.

What did you all receive for Christmas? What are your family/friend traditions?

Happy Holidays xo

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{last minute} gift tags and cards

Here are some great printables I’ve found for you to quickly print and attach to those last-minute gifts! Simply click on the image and it will take you to the site.

Enjoy & Merry Christmas Eve!

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Samantha August

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