The sweater dress is a wardrobe staple for most women during the fall and winter seasons because not only are they stylish, they're very practical. You can find great sweater dresses that flatter every body type in just about any color and style and by throwing on a pair of tights and boots your ready for your day. I found this cream sweater dress awhile ago while raiding the racks at Ross. As much as I despise trying on things while I'm shopping, I know that knits can either be your best friend or worst enemy depending on the cut and fabric, so I tried it and luckily it worked. I decided to pair the dress with these fun spiked shoes that my sister got me for my 21st birthday along with an animal print belt just to add some interest and color. I layered with this great camel colored cape that I found last year around this time while I was out Christmas shopping. While it seems as though that was just yesterday, the holiday season has in fact descended upon us once again and I must say that I'm both grateful and excited to see another holiday season. All of the shortbread cookies, family gatherings, and Temptations singing Silent Night, what is there not to love? In all of the commotion surrounding decorations, gifts (my wishlist is here by the way if your feeling generous), and whether or not Santa can continue to be white like Jesus because "that's just the way it is" (read that story here on slate.com) its very easy to get forget what the true meaning of the Christmas season is all about. While we may never know the exact date that Christ was born, I think its incredible that people around the world stop to celebrate on the day that has been set aside to acknowledge the birth of Christ. So while your spending quality time with your family around the tree or watching those predictable Christmas movies on Lifetime that I just can't seem to get enough of, make sure you keep in mind that a child was born into the world whose soul purpose (pun intended) was to be made sin to cover the wrong doings of humanity so that we could have a way back to God (2 Corinthians 5:21). If you really think about it, what greater gift could you ever receive than a perfect man's life in exchange for your sin? So remember, even if you don't have whatever it is that your hoping for under the tree on Christmas morning, a perfect man gave his life for you to have freedom from sin...what more could you ask for?