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#MyLuckyHoliday: Eric Wertz

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For #MyLuckyHoliday, we’ve teamed up with some of our favorite influencers to talk all things merry and bright: what makes the holidays so special and their personal picks from our gift guide. Read on to hear more from blogger, Eric Wertz.
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How are you spending the holidays this year?
My family and I are all about the holiday mood once Thanksgiving ends! We try and spend each weekend leading up to Christmas enjoying holiday fairs and fun family activities that get us in the holiday spirit. Mid-week, we spend a lot of time watching holiday movies and snuggling. Every year we get a hotel in the city for one weekend and visit all the holiday tourist attractions. Then, we end the night with our traditional dinner at Tony Di Napoli's. There's just something about the holidays in NYC that really gets you in the spirit! We spend every Christmas Eve partying with my wife's family, where Santa makes an appearance for the kids. Then, on Christmas Day, it's all about feasting at my mother's house while watching A Christmas Story. For New Year's Eve, we'll most likely be hitting up the slopes!
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What do you love most about this season?
I just love how exciting and cozy it is. I love all of the festive and family activities we do together, and I love feeling the holiday magic with my wife and son, Nate. He's still only 6 so he's all about Santa, Elf on a Shelf, and the countdown to Christmas. It's so fun experiencing the magic through him.
Do you have any personal holiday traditions?
Cutting down our Christmas tree with my wife's family every year, our holiday weekend in NYC, our annual Christmas Eve party at my in-laws’, and a cozy Christmas Day at my mother's house!
Any tips for avoiding stress?
Start shopping before it's December. I actually did that this year and felt really good about how much I got done before mid-December! Work less if you can (haha), and just try to enjoy this festive and cozy time with the family because it goes by way too quickly!
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Do you have a favorite dish that you look forward to preparing and or enjoying?
Every year when we go to my mother's on Christmas Day, we always either have giant Alaskan king crab legs or rack of lamb with goat cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Tell us about one of your fondest holiday memories?
My father passed away when I was 15, so I always think back to going to my grandmother's when he was alive. It always felt like those were my best memories. But, now that I have a son of my own, I just love watching him come down the stairs Christmas morning (usually half-asleep) in his pjs. That magical morning is always the highlight of the holidays.
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Let’s talk music! What’s your go-to album of choice and why?
No specific album, but this time of year I always go back to the holiday classics! My all-time favorite Christmas song is “Last Christmas” by Wham. It just makes me feel good and want to grab my wife's hand and start dancing!
Describe your holiday décor style.
I like to keep it traditional with greens, wreaths, and elves! My son is addicted to Elf on a Shelf so elfie is always hiding out somewhere in the house. We used to hang up colorful lights on our house, but lately we're into the all-white look. It just looks so pretty and classic!
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Tell us something about 2018 that made you feel lucky?
Waking up every day and knowing I have the most amazing family makes me feel lucky every day.
Any new year resolutions for 2019?
Vacation more and keep growing my brand!
Keep up with Eric on Instagram: @bluecollarprep
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