The former pageant queen is not the only Bachelor Nation alum to get into the merry spirit. Echard, for his part, reflected on his yearlong journey on Saturday.
“I got a little inspirational for y’all today, and that’s anything is possible,” the 29-year-old Missouri native, who served as the Bachelor during season 26 earlier this year, joked in an Instagram Story video. “You know what I say that? Because a year ago, I was wearing ill-fitted suits, I was wearing clothes that didn’t match, I was wearing ties that hung down to me knees … but now look, I’m rocking a puffer jacket. Who would have thought? Not me!”
Echard — who praised his “suited and booted” Christmas Eve look — was seemingly referring to his post-Bachelorette appearance. After meeting Michelle Young on her season of The Bachelorette, he led the next season of The Bachelor. Despite walking away single in the finale to pursue former contestant Susie Evans, the twosome split for a second time in September.
“I’m not even going to complain about the weather today. Just happy to be back, Missouri,” the Arizona native captioned a second Story post, sharing a snap of his family’s snow-covered yard.
“Our first Christmas,” Jones, 27, captioned a sweet selfie as he kissed Russell’s cheek on Sunday, December 25.
The twosome — who got engaged during the BiP finale, which aired last month — spent the holiday with the Oregon native’s family. “I’m getting roasted,” Jones quipped via Instagram Story, panning the camera to Russell peeking at his old family photos with his mother.
The BiP success story have been eager about their various relationship milestones, from Christmas to their wedding.
“We know we wanna get married in 2024,” the elementary school teacher, 27, exclusively told Us Weekly last month. “We’re thinking about, like, time of year and all of that. But we’re still in the stages of being super excited for where we’re at. We haven’t gotten to walk out in public as an engaged couple yet, so we’re really enjoying this time. But I would be lying if I wasn’t, like, on wedding TikTok just saving stuff. … I have a collection for wedding ideas already!”
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