When I was little twirling in my Christmas dress was all part of the magic of the season. My mother always made sure I was lavishly decked out for the holidays. Back then my favorite color was pink so I think my mom kept toward traditional holiday colors, but this purple dress would be perfect now. It comes complete with a bow plus a conservative neckline and sleeves to make it Christmas Eve service friendly. Pictured: Teri Jon Roll Neck Party Dress, Nordstrom, $358
I had two rag rugs in college that helped transform the plasticy dorm "carpet" into more friendly flooring. They folded up small to suite the nomadic nature of college life. They cleaned easily and withstood stains surprisingly well. If only mine had been purple like these rag rugs from Urban Outfitters (2x3 Rag Rug $14; 4x6 Rag Rug $49).