CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: THE LUCKY MANDARIN

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"Hanes for the Holidays" campaign is spreading the magic all over , and it is most definitely a magical time of the year around these HQ of San Francisco . Holidays season is probably everyone's favorite : laughter, anticipation of happiness, magic in the air - what's not to love?



Every year brings something new , something happy and exciting. As a child , my fondest memories were of those magical moments when the aroma of the freshly cut tree filled every corner of our apartment; the stories that we made up when decorating the tree; the bursting excitement of anticipation of that morning when we would run out to see if Santa ( well, Grandfather Frost actually) came by our place , and digging to check what he brought for us all... Every little memory of this time still fills my entire being with warmth and this is the feeling I dearly want my children to have now and also when they are away from home , living the reality of an adult life.



 Over the course of the years we grew to love every moment of traditional preparations and acquired some of our own. A "lucky mandarin" is one we love , probably the most : every year on 21st of December , our wedding anniversary , Justin and I sneak away for a dinner time, but not before we hide the little "lucky mandarin" in the tree with the most sincere intentions to bring happiness, prosperity, love and luck to the one who finds it when taking the tree down.



At first, it was just the two of us for some time that enjoyed this moment, but now that the older children have grown, they are having just as much fun and making it even more creative . We take turns each year on who does "the hiding job", and this mine fell on the 2015s last days. After gathering compliments for the mini-skirt look that doesn't happen very often ( oh , thank you Hanes, for making it very possible !) , there was a little made-up story for the little ones with clues out of ornaments to lead to the hidden lucky mandarin. Who knew, that something so simple would grow into, if not a huge, but very dear to us (and definitely our own ) little tradition. Magical times bring magical moments - all that I can say.

Do you have any traditions that are just "yours"?



* as seen in the post: sweater and skirt - hatch collection c/o; boots - stuart weitzman; hoisery - hanes, c/o; nadya is wearing hanna anderson and zara for kids; nikola is wearing hanna anderson and appaman.

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