What Christmas Means to Me

Sweater: H&M / Hair Ribbons: Anthropologie / Booties: Steve Madden

I’m going to start off by saying I love Christmas. There’s something about this holiday that fills the everyone with joy and hope, from the music to the decorations. It’s also a peaceful time as things start to slow down. While I’m not religious, it is truly is one of my favorite holidays.

Christmas for me

Christmas has always been a little difficult for me. One of the earliest Christmas memories I have, was when my family (my mom, my brother and I) were living in a homeless shelter. I was probably about 6 years old and the shelter had arranged a trip for everyone staying there to go to Toys“R”Us. Every family had a budget to spend on toys. This was an amazing feeling for me, that we could really go and get whatever we wanted! Lots of the families got a bunch of smaller toys. My mom suggested we use the credit to get something big and we got a video-game like system.

This is just one of the examples of one of my Christmases. Other times included going to a Church or some other community organization where we would get donated generic gifts from someone dressed up as Santa.I always wanted to be able to give back in a way like this to other people and to give the feeling of joy for Christmas.

Growing Up

In middle school, when everyone would wake up on Christmas morning and ask “What did you get?!” on AIM, I always dreaded the question. I didn’t really get much. However, I still loved the holiday. In high school, I would wrap random little things around my room (deck of cards, etc.) because I love wrapping gifts and how they look wrapped.

Once I started working, I started to get my own gifts for myself. Really #TreatYoself. It was nice to be able to do this. I also got a big Christmas tree for our home and stocked up on tons of decorations for the tree. From then on, a Christmas tree was always important to me.

When I moved to NYC for college, I got a table top tree and wrapped things around my dorm room. The next year when I moved out to an apartment, I made it a tradition to always get a beautiful tree for my apartment (rotating between real and artificial every year- this year is artificial!).

My favorite part of Christmas is also the presents. I love looking at wrapped gifts, opening gifts, and watching other people open gifts. As a blogger, a lot has now changed and I now get gifts on the regular. Great gifts, too! It truly is amazing and I am SO grateful every day.


For this year, I thought I’d do something a little different. I want to share gifts with YOU all so you can experience the joy, too! Here’s how it will work…..

For the 5 days leading up to the Christmas, I will be doing a series of giveaways. I partnered with some of my favorite brands that I sincerely do love and have worked with in the past. Starting today and continuing for the next 4 days, I will announce what the day’s giveaway is on my IG stories (@prettyproperquaint).

The giveaway rules will be simple:
1. Follow me on Instagram
2. Follow the brand of the giveaway on Instagram
3. Comment on this blog post (include your IG handle) with what you want to win and share either your favorite part about the holidays or a holiday past time with me.

I will announce the winner the next day on IG stories – so stay tuned!. Once I announce the winner, the winner will provide their information (sizing/etc) that way it is unique to you! I’m excited to hear some of your stories and excited to share some really great gifts!

12/20/18: DUFFY CASHMERE SWEATER (THIS SWEATER or THIS SWEATER)- I love this brand SO much. I really never had a cashmere sweater before and this brand completely spoiled me. They are SO soft and SO warm and I love the colors they come in. See me wearing the sweater HERE, HERE, and HERE. Winner gets to pick the color and size you like! *giveaway closed*
12/21/18: 2 BAUBLEBAR GIFT SETS (THIS ONE and THIS ONE) – I am such a big fan of Baublebar! I have a bunch of their earrings and gifted the earrings as gifts to so many friends/family last year for Christmas. They make the best gifts and add an element of sparkle to any outfit! *giveaway closed*
12/22/18: STONE AND STRAND DIAMOND RING – I recently had the pleasure of getting my ear pierced with one of the gorgeous Stone and Strand North Star stud earring. When I was in the shop to get my piercing, this ring immediately stood out to me and I was obsessed. It then occurred to me that this would be a great gift idea for one of my giveaways so one of you can have it! *giveaway closed*
12/23/18: NIRVANNA DESIGNS, 2 HATS AND 1 INFINITY SCARF– This is one of my fave brands ever. During the Winter, I pretty much wear one of these hats every day. They are literally the warmest hats ever. You need these- so I’m giving some away!





  1. Jeanne
    December 20, 2018 / 3:30 PM

    Duffy Cashmere Sweater

    IG: @jeannexmarie

    My favorite holiday memory is when I was in 8th grade and went shopping for a new friend but didn’t know what to get her so I got her a Starbucks gift card and a Kermit the frog hat. Although they were completely weird and random , she still loved them anyways and we are still best friends 10+ years later 🙂

    • Andrea
      December 21, 2018 / 11:58 AM

      Aw!! So sweet! <3 love you miss you bye

  2. Anais
    December 20, 2018 / 3:59 PM

    Duffy Cashmere Sweater
    IG) @stylesbyanais_
    Christmas time means so much to me because it is a time to be giving and thankful for family and friends and for especially our health. I’ve had good memories about past holidays but what i look forward to is the future holidays with my newborn son. I cannot wait to share the love and warmth i feel for christmas with him. ❤️

    • Andrea
      December 21, 2018 / 11:59 AM

      That is SO exciting! Congrats on your new little addition! Sounds like you will have an amazing Christmas xx


  3. Livia
    December 20, 2018 / 6:02 PM

    IG: @liviaramirezr
    Christmas means so much to me because I get to see all of my friends and family having dinner together. My favorite memorie is opening Santa’s presents in the morning and playing with my yournger brother with our new toys 💕🎄🎁

    • Andrea
      December 21, 2018 / 12:00 PM

      That is SO nice to be able to have everyone you love together for dinner! Christmas morning is always so exciting for me too – I always have trouble sleeping and then wake up super early! LOL have an amazing Christmas<3

      xx Andrea

  4. Livia Rossi
    December 21, 2018 / 3:06 AM

    IG: livia_rdea
    I love Christmas because I visit all my family and spend the vacations with them. My best memories are my son’s and daughter’s face opening the presents 😍🎁

    • Andrea
      December 21, 2018 / 12:05 PM

      Those vacations sounds so nice! My favorite part is seeing other people open the gifts I got for them, too! Enjoy your Christmas!

      xx Andrea

  5. Chirasmita
    December 21, 2018 / 12:23 PM

    IG: chirasmita.pattnaik

    Christmas is special for me as I have special memories from when I was living in Cairo, Egypt. I was very young but I distinctly remember getting a gorgeous big tree, decorating it with my sisters and going shopping to the mall to buy gifts for my family from my pocket money. One of my family members would dress up as Santa on the big day and we would gather around and open our gifts together. It was just the best time! While I moved to different parts of the world thereafter and now in New York, those memories always come back during this holiday. I just love the lights, beautiful trees and sparkle everywhere 🙂

  6. December 21, 2018 / 3:47 PM

    My favorite part of the holidays are the lights in the city! Although this year I don’t feel in the holiday spirit as much.

  7. Samantha Baine
    December 22, 2018 / 11:19 AM

    IG. Sbaine113
    Stone and strand ring
    The holiday season is so special to me, I get to spend time with friends and family, I don’t see as frequently. Also when I am able see them open presents, they wouldn’t necessarily get themselves and how happy it makes them.

  8. December 22, 2018 / 1:47 PM

    Stone and Strand Diamond Ring


    My favorite thing about the holiday season is the tradition to make cookies with my mom. It is such a magical time of the year to be reminded of how much the simple things matter. I am starting to make my own traditions with my boyfriend of visiting a new Christmas must see spot in Philly each year. Such as the light show at Longwood Gardens, the Christmas Village in Center City, the lights at Franklin Square, and the Blue Rink River Crossing.

  9. Adrianna Taeschler
    December 22, 2018 / 2:05 PM

    Stone and strand ring: this is such a beautiful post and a reminder of what Christmas is really all about: spending the holiday with loved ones ♥️ My favorite thing about the holiday season is the joy in the air. Everyone is a bit kinder, happier and generous. It’s such a beautiful time of the year and I love every year sharing Christmas Eve with 44 of my Italian family members and sharing stories over homemade food and wine. The holiday season doesn’t get much better than that for me!

  10. Kasia
    December 22, 2018 / 2:16 PM

    I’m loving every day of your give away! Thank you for sharing your gifts and all your tips this time of year!

    The diamond ring has been my favorite so far 🤗

    Growing up living in Jersey (so close to NYC yet so far away), my parents were immigrants and the holiday season was prime time to make some overtime. I did have one aunt who had lived here for years and would always treat me and my cousins to a day in NYC during this time of year. We’d go toy stores, ice skating in Central Park ⛸, my cousins would always pick on me because I had to stay on the side (now I’m on their skill level), but it’s one of my favorites memories! Then we’d go see the tree at Rockefeller center and get hot chocolate.

    I hope you get to do all the fun stuff in NYC this time of year, so many cute winter markets everywhere! We must get drinks in the new year, happy holidays to you and yours 🎄☃️🌃😍✨

  11. December 23, 2018 / 12:27 PM

    This is such a cool give away idea! Also love how you are supporting small businesses too 😊

    @carlitascloset ; nirvana scarf and hats

    Another favorite holiday tradition of mine is cutting down the tree. Nothing beats that experience plus waking up to the smell of fresh pine in your house everyday!!!

  12. Lauren wagner
    December 23, 2018 / 2:37 PM

    Definitely would say baking cookies with my family and delivering them to our friends, coworkers and even keeping extra in our cars for the homeless.

  13. Cecelia Dain
    December 23, 2018 / 11:04 PM

    Nirvanna Designs

    My favorite holiday memories are always finding that perfect gift for your loved ones. There’s something so special about shopping for others and getting super excited when you find just the right thing for them!

  14. Caitlyn
    December 24, 2018 / 8:50 AM

    My favorite holiday memory is driving around every Christmas Eve with my parents to look at lights. We’d always get 7-11 hot chocolate for the ride and every house that had good lights, we HAD TO say “ooooh ahhhh” I have started to do this tradition with my husband the past couple of years too.

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