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Artist Advent Calendar : Jessica Swift from Portland, Oregon

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Jessica Swift is a Portland based artist and designer who'll share her holiday cheer, favorite movies, and her delightful Christmas ornaments with us today. Jessica is an optimistic and creative wonder woman - and lately she's been inspiring me to start running (well, I at least have running shoes now ;) - more on her blog!

I love the holidays! My favorite tradition is that each year my husband and I buy each other a new ornament.

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I love pulling them out each year, remember who got which for who, hanging them on the tree, and thinking about our years together. I think this will continue to be an important holiday tradition, especially as we begin a family one day! 

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I used to make salt dough Christmas ornaments and ornaments made out of clothespins with my mom when I was a kid -- those are some of my favorite memories. She still has a few of them, which I love seeing on her Christmas tree when I'm home for the holidays.

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My husband and I also started making funny Christmas cards a few years ago, featuring us and our cats, to send to our friends and family. We've got a funny plan for this year's card!

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This year I was fortunate to get to lead a llama in the Portland Christmas Parade (I recently began volunteering at a llama ranch)-- hopefully this will be an annual tradition as well! It was so fun.

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Some of my favorite holiday movies are:

How The Grinch Stole ChristmasCharlie Brown's ChristmasWhen Harry Met Sally (not really a Christmas movie, but for some reason I love watching it this time of year!), ElfThe Holiday (again, not a Christmas movie per se, but I love watching it around holiday time).

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Thank you Jessica! What a jolly holiday time you have with your family watching movies and leading llamas through the Portland streets ;) I love your tradition of exchanging special ornaments too! 

You can also read Jessica's advent calendar contribution from 2009 and see more of her special ornament collection here.

Visit Jessica's shop, featuring her lovely ornaments and get her 2014 Goal + Intention Kit.

Connect with Jessica on her blog, pinterest, facebook, and twitter. Thanks Jessica! xo