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Holiday Wishes and Some Plans for New Year

Hello friends,

As you are reading this, I am in bed, recovering from 2 dry needling session this week I typically go once every other week. . My body decided to revolt recently and it seemed all my muscle groups in the upper and lower body were begging for attention.  I went several times because I wanted to feel better on our trip to PA, Sunday.

Holiday Wishes

Christmas is nearly here and we will be hitting the road – first to my younger brother’s condo in VA, about a 6-hour drive, where we make a pitstop overnight and rest until heading to PA the next day. The pups are with us of course, as we enjoy spending the Holiday with them, as they are family!! We could take the “easy way out” and fly to PA, ( sans pups) and it would be a 1.5-hour flight, but what fun is that?! Not to mention I’ve never taken them on a plane! We will be greeted by Pedro, my brother’s lively, 12-year-old Australian Shepard dog.

Just in case you might wonder what I might wear in the car for a long trip. I really love this leisure sporty outfit with the light grey sweater w/hoodie and jogger pants. Size reference, I am wearing both in XS.  I have a pair of slip-on sneakers as well. ( I’ll style this casual look on the blog in the New Year )

I am sure you have noticed, I didn’t have many Gift Guides on the blog this year, and I would like to know if readers prefer this or prefer to have them. Do you shop much from the blog, or do you occasionally look at links? I hope to have a Readers survey on the blog in 2020, so I can get a better idea of what Readers want and what you like, here on the blog.

What is important to you during the Holidays and has that changed as you age?

I know the appeal of getting up at the crack of dawn or before the crack, is no longer there, and since we are all adults, we get to relish our sleep a bit!

Giving to others, planning Holiday activities and sharing special moments with family is important to me, and always has been at Christmas time. My mom would tell you I always loved decorating, as I would get the artificial snow spray and stencil the windows at home where Mom still lives.  The tree, as I mentioned, in my Holiday Decor and Outfits Post, is something I enjoy every year, as old memories resurface when taking out each ornament from its box.

I love Christmas music and have fond memories of caroling with my best girlfriend and her brother around my neighborhood. Mara, a Soprano, and me, and Alto, would knock on doors, with a decorated coffee can in hand, stating we were “collecting for Children’s Hospital.” Every year, in Pittsburgh, those who collected for the Hospital would get an opportunity to be on KDKA, or the local radio station and sing along with giving their donation. We had a blast, and that was the first time I ate a “Farkleberry Ding Dong Cookie.” ( a sugar cookie with cranberries). We did this for several years and even had my friend’s brother play the flute as we entertained the neighbors.

As a Music teacher, I would prepare the Elementary students each year for our Christmas performance. It was months of rehearsal, but I always enjoyed it. And our hallway has great acoustics, so hubby had to listen to me rehearse The Grinch, many times!

I always loved gift-giving and just found it rewarding to find special gifts my family would love. My Dad, for instance, was a Kaluah and Cream kind of guy, and we would wrap a bottle each year. I still have a memory of my sister and I receiving Este Lauder Makeup packages which was a large box filled with lipsticks, eyeshadow, and lip palettes and more, and my sister and I thought it was such a treat!

The gift of “Memories”. Something that will be left in my brain as a heartfelt experience.  I love shows, and hubby one year, when we were in the early dating stage, bought us tickets to “The Lion King”. I loved every minute of it. And the thoughtful gift.

As the New Year approaches, I will write a post on Goals for 2020 as I may write more on my health, fitness goals and challenges, What I hope for the blog, and what changes I may make in my life. And of course, the fashion, that’s where this all started!   I do want to hear from you, dear readers in what you enjoy the most.

My favorite thing about the Holidays is the joy of giving and being with family. I was thrilled to be able to give the dog goodies/bed to a pup in need, and hope to continue this as a tradition.

I want to wish you a wonderful and Blessed Christmas and look forward to presenting you with new, fun, and fashionable content in the New Year!

I just love this picture of Gibson by candlelight, waiting at night for Santa!

And just in case you missed the puppies in their “ugly Christmas sweaters” last year, here they are!

Wishing you and your families- A BLessed Christmas and Happy New Year!


Jess xoxo

Please join me in the New Year for new fun with fashion and Midlife discussions on Elegantly Dressed and Stylish!




  • Kathrine Eldridge
    Posted at 07:53h, 02 January Reply

    I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year! Enjoy your traveling and can’t wait to hear about your goals for 2020.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:05h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you Kathrine! Best to you too. I’ve posted on my goals today if you wish to pop by!

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 10:20h, 31 December Reply

    Ahh I remember recital preparation – the good ol’ days 🙂 I love the same things – holiday music, decorating, baking, and of course, giving to others. I hope you had the best Christmas and have a happy New Year!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:28h, 31 December Reply

      Yes, the good old days! It took alot of prep! We did have a wonderful Christmas and we are making it pretty low key this evening. Most of the time I don’t make it up until midnight!
      Happy New YEar to you too Lizzie!

  • Hilda Smith
    Posted at 12:16h, 30 December Reply

    Jess I only got to read your Christmas post now, but have been following your insta. Hope you have a great 2020. Love the pic of Gibson x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:12h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Hilda!
      thank you. I don’t post on Insta every day, but when I can. It really is a problem as I cant get ahead, oh well! Glad you enjoyed the picture and we did have a good time at Christmas! Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year! I may just get that framed!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 11:41h, 30 December Reply

    Jess, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your traveling went smoothly. I made a last minute decision and headed to NC for a few days returning to PA on Christmas Eve. I had the best time and I am ready to kick in the new year with a new found energy!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:11h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Shelbee! I had a wonderful Christmas and am so glad you did as well! I am so impressed with how much you drive! That is a long haul. Send me a bit of energy will you? Happy New year my friend!

      • shelbeeontheedge1
        Posted at 09:35h, 31 December Reply

        Sending you lots of positive energy, my friend! I do love the long solo drives. I find them very cathartic. Happy New Year!


  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 18:40h, 26 December Reply

    I hope you’re feeling much better now Jess and that you had a wonderful Christmas. The photo of Gibson in the window is adorable!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:09h, 30 December Reply

      Thank you Emma! I did have a great Christmas. Hope the same for you! I am thinking of having that picture framed if I can get the right resolution and it wont be grainy. Love it too!

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 22:00h, 24 December Reply

    I hope you are feeling back to yourself soon! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:09h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Laura! thank you so much! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well. xx

  • Maureen
    Posted at 17:01h, 24 December Reply

    Safe travels Jess and happy holidays! Enjoy your time with family and I hope you are feeling better after your dry needling session. I love the last two pictures of your little pups. It’s just too adorable!

    Maureen |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:08h, 30 December Reply

      Thank you Maureen! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too! glad you enjoyed the pup pictures, they are my angels!

  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 16:42h, 24 December Reply

    Oh, that adorable picture of Gibson waiting for Santa! Yes, our pups are family, too. We have never really had to get up at the crack of dawn as my son has always been a late sleeper! When he was little, we’d have to wake him and say, time to get up–Santa’s been here! Lol! Your “riding” outfit is perfect and looks so soft and comfy. I hope your road trip is fun.

    Merriest of Christmases to you, Jess.
    xx Darlene

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:07h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Darlene! thank you! I just love that picture too! That is nice that your son sleeps in a bit and did so when he was younger. We all got up so early! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xx

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 13:43h, 24 December Reply

    Safe travels this holiday for you… I think it is sweet you drive, so it is easy to take your beloved pups with you. They are def. family, too! I love blogger reading surveys and hope you’ll share the results after you do one. I’ve been thinking about 2020 goals, too.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:06h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Carrie! Do you know of an easy survey? Im looking into it for a Jan post, I do enjoy seeing the results of others too. Hope you had a wonderful Holdiay!

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 12:52h, 24 December Reply

    I love your dogs, they are so cute! I typically do not shop very often from links but sometimes I like to look at ideas on shopping guides especially for hubby. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:05h, 30 December Reply

      Thank you Mirielle! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Just getting around to commenting now. I know hubbys can be a challenge to shop for! Glad you like the dog pics, they are my angels!

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 12:16h, 24 December Reply

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Jess! Have a safe trip <3


  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:19h, 23 December Reply

    Looks like you had a blast dear! Merry Christmas!

    Jessica |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:04h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Jess! Thanks so much. We did have a great Holiday! Hope you did as well!

  • Straight A Style
    Posted at 13:31h, 22 December Reply

    Sounds like you have a fun holiday ahead. Merry Christmas!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 08:40h, 22 December Reply

    I enjoy your blog. I like you fashion post. I also like to read about whats going on with you and around you. A mix is good.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas and well wishes.

    • jess jannenga
      Posted at 14:57h, 22 December Reply

      Thank you Lisa! You as well. I love writing and of course sharing fashion . I appreciate it!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Midlife and Beyond
    Posted at 15:40h, 20 December Reply

    Have a fabulous Christmas and hope you’re feeling better soon.xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:40h, 20 December Reply

      Hi Allison! Thanks so much! Merry Christmas to you too. x

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 15:03h, 20 December Reply

    Have a safe and wonderful trip. I think it’s so much better to drive – you can bring what you want and you won’t be stuck in an airport waiting on a delayed or cancelled flight! Have the very best Christmas!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:51h, 20 December Reply

      Thank you Kellyann. I agree, as I have not taken a plane during the Holidays due to how busy it is. 🙂 Merry Christmas! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 13:01h, 20 December Reply

    Have a wonderful time Jess. I hope you are feeling better.

  • Sandy Fought
    Posted at 09:54h, 20 December Reply

    Merry Christmas to you, your husband and your pups and safe travels!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:52h, 21 December Reply

      Thank you Sandy! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well! xx

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