Tanya Foster's decorated home for Christmas. Wearing Nordstrom cashmere sweater with white jeans and t-shirt.

On me: Cashmere sweater (also in black) / White denim / White t-shirt / Jimmy Choo heels / Necklace (similar) / Nails: Essie in Ballet Slippers

Can you believe Christmas is this weekend? I feel like we have been getting ready for it with gift guides forever yet in a sense it suddenly popped up. Today, I am sharing how we celebrate Christmas because we are always home for the holidays.

We have always been the meeting point for holidays. Christmas is always hosted in our home (as is Thanksgiving). My parents come over, all the kids are here and we invite family members. Pete and I cook and serve a late lunch around 1 PM. Actually, Pete does most of cooking (homemade lasagna using his Grandmothers sauce recipe) and I set the holiday table. We open gifts when the majority of people are here being mindful that they have other places to go and family to see. Although our home is formal, our experience is relaxed and casual. No one is expected to dress up in fact we’re usually in casual clothes much like what I have on in today’s post. These white jeans and white t-shirt are my staples and I love throwing on the cashmere sweater with it. For a little sparkle I like to wear these Jimmy Choo glitter pumps I purchased to wear with this dress to Crystal Charity Ball.

Another family tradition is that we attend Christmas Eve mass and then go out to eat. Occasionally, we try to see the local production of A Christmas Carol. When the kids were little some of the characters would really scare them. If there’s a good movie out, we’ll head to the theater. Regardless of how you celebrate the holidays, family time is huge for us. As far as stress is concerned, I once had a friend tell me “Expect the worst and hope for the best”. I really think that this is sound advice. Families are stressful and I think a lot is expected of a “grand holiday” celebration. Later this week I am going to post ten ways to enjoy the holidays right now. Be sure to come back for that one.

While I’m sure it is fabulous to travel over the holidays, we can’t imaging being away on Christmas or Thanksgiving. We love a traditional holiday at home. What are your family traditions? Leave me a comment below.

xoxo – Tanya

P.S. Be sure to check this blog post about holiday decorations and gift wrap. I’m still wrapping gifts!

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Photo: Mary Summers

Consultant, producer, actor, commercial print model Tanya Foster is the multi tasking mom and wife we all know. A native Texan, Foster originally hails from Houston but has called Dallas her home for more than 25 years. She is best known for her work in the non-profit sector through tanya foster consulting. Her hands-on, goal driven approach allows non-profit organizations to adopt her “can do” spirit. Whether consulting on various projects or serving full time as President and CEO of the Dallas Film Society from 2009 to 2011, she leaves no stone unturned. Her role with the Dallas Film Society included serving as the Executive Director of the Dallas International Film Festival in 2010 and 2011. It is here that she found her passion for film! Foster has integrated all of her loves, enabling her to focus on acting and commercial print work. In 2011 she made the natural leap to talent by working on local productions such as TNT’s “Dallas”, commercials and commercial print for clients including Visionworks, Chase Sapphire and Fit Logic. Her professional approach enables her to see the project as a whole and step in to her role. Tanya’s beautiful smile and remarkable charisma makes her a natural! Uniquely versatile and notoriously hard-working, she is also involved with many leading charitable organizations in Dallas as a volunteer. She has chaired the Junior League of Dallas Ball, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, numerous luncheons and galas as well as currently serving as an active member of the Crystal Charity Ball. She also serves on several boards and advisory boards. Giving back to the community continues to be a top priority for Foster. - Contact Tanya at  
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