4 Food-Baby Friendly Holiday Outfits

The holidays are a wonderful time filled with family, friends and most of all, FOOD. It’s easy to overindulge during holiday meals when you have turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce and 3 different kinds of pie (because you have to try them all, right?) to choose from.

And then, the dreaded family pictures occur. If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do after you’ve consumed a full meal is take a picture. Fear not! These 4 outfits are tried and true and will cover up your growing food-baby so that you can snap a few photos with the family and then pass out from all that tryptophan.

  1. A Baggy Sweater Dress

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Not only is this option super comfy, it’s also flattering on most body shapes. Sweater dresses with a nice cowl neck are great because they draw attention to the neckline and not the midsection. Pair a sweater dress with leggings and riding boots and you’ll be camera ready AND comfy!

  1. Leggings and a Peplum Top

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Peplum tops are amazing because they flare out right above the tummy area that most of us would like to cover up. Peplum tops come in a variety of styles, fabrics and sleeve lengths, making them incredibly versatile. For Thanksgiving, a peplum sweater like the one below would be cozy and weather appropriate while still flattering. Throw on your favorite pair of leggings and some cute flats and you’re good to go!

  1. High-Waisted Skirt and Top

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High-waisted anything is great for extra control in the midsection, so a skirt like the one below is perfect for Thanksgiving. Go for a skirt with an elastic waistband for optimum comfort and fit. As for color or pattern, plaid is definitely in for this holiday season and there are tons of cute plaid skirts out right now. Pair your skirt with tights and a turtleneck if you’ll be somewhere chilly or a 3-quarter length sleeve top if not. Adding a statement necklace will give this outfit some extra pizazz!

  1. Poncho with Leggings or Jeans

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Ponchos have recently made a comeback in a big way! Some people are really turned off by the thought of ponchos, but with the right accessories they can be trendy and comfortable all at once. One of the best ways to style a poncho is with a turtleneck, leggings and over-the-knee boots. Depending on the how dressy you want to be, you can easily swap out leggings for jeans and boots for high heels to dress the poncho up or down. Adding some sparkly baubles to the mix will make the outfit and have you looking runway ready while feeling like you’re wearing a big, comfy blanket!

What are your go-to holiday outfits? Let us know in the comments!

5 Things To Do in Worcester County This Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner, and the perfect place to experience them is right here in Worcester County! Here are the top five best ways to celebrate the season in the area.

  1. Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Christmas By Candlelight. Have you ever wondered how Christmas traditions came to be? Make a trip to Old Sturbridge Village’s Christmas By Candlelight to learn about how Christmas was celebrated in the early 1800’s. You’ll get to see how popular holiday treats were made prior to electricity (and taste some, too!) and even craft an ornament at the Tinsmith’s shop. Are you more artistically inclined? Put on your dancing shoes and learn a dance from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with live musical accompaniment. Finally, take a horse draw carriage around the village while singing your favorite Christmas carols. Christmas By Candlelight takes place from 4-9pm on weekends in December up until the week of Christmas. Find out more information here: https://www.osv.org/event/christmas-by-candlelight.

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  1. Catch a holiday show. What better way to kick off the holidays than by seeing a show chock full of holiday spirit? Worcester has many options that will please the whole family. After you’ve eaten all of the Thanksgiving Turkey, check out Worcester’s own production of The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, from November 27th-29th. To round out the season, grab tickets to see the 8th annual production of A Christmas Carol in December, which has become a Worcester favorite. Also included in the lineup are The Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart, and Mannheim Steamroller, who will be joined by members of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Click here to purchase tickets: www.thehanovertheatre.org

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  1. Give back to the community. Make a donation to the Worcester County Food Bank by visiting 96.1 WSRS’s 22nd Annual Feed Worcester County Food Drive. The drive will take place December 10th-13th and will be located at Price Chopper on Pullman and West Mountain St. in Worcester.

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  1. Visit the Living Gift Market at Heifer International farm. If the consumerism aspect of the holidays really turns you off, drive out to Rutland to experience Heifer’s Living Gift Market. There, you will be able to meet the animals, enjoy a wagon ride around the farm and warm up with soup, hot cocoa and cider. Shop around for unique and ethical gifts at the Donation Station, Fair Trade gift shop, winter farm stand and bake sale. For more information, visit their website: http://www.heifer.org/

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  1. Enjoy the Festival of Lights and go skating on the Worcester Common Oval. Experience the magic of the season as you watch the giant tree behind City Hall illuminate with twinkling lights. The tree lighting will take place on December 5th and will include musical selections by local performers. Santa will be making a special appearance as well, so bring the kids to meet him and watch their eyes light up just as bright as the tree! After the tree lighting, take the family ice-skating on the Oval. Admission is free from 6-8pm in honor of the Festival of Lights. What better way to start off the season?

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However you celebrate the holidays, there are plenty of things to do in Worcester County that will add to the charm of the season!