Friday, December 13, 2013

My Christmas Favorites!

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I am so excited for Christmas. Fall is my favorite time of year because I love the weather and Thanksgiving and Halloween, but Christmas takes the cake! Today's post is all about my Christmas favorites. Without these things, it just doesn't feel like Christmas to me, so let's get started! (How many times can I say Christmas in one post? We shall see.)

Picking out a Tree
This is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Up until about 2 years ago we never had a real tree in my house, so after some serious bugging, my mom finally let us get one. Now I'm obsessed and I love weaving in and out of the aisles looking for the perfect tree! I love that feeling when you finally find it and you get to bring it home and decorate it. Plus, every tree is unique, making it even better! 

Decorating Cookies
Decorating cookies is such a fun, easy way to get festive! There isn't really a way to mess this one up and all ages can get in to it! That makes it a winner for me! 

Decorating the House

This isn't my house, it's my sorority house, but I'm obsessed with the decorations. I love the cozy-ness that having a tree and lights, and garlands adds to a space. Our house mom and mothers club decorates right after Thanksgiving, so I'm excited to get to spend a whole month with the beautiful decorations up! In my own house, putting ornaments up together and talking about what each one means is a yearly occurrence. Each ornament is different and there is no real theme which can make the tree look a bit crazy, but it definitely has personality, to say the least! 

Yankee Candle
The Christmas Cookie candle is Christmas to me. It smells so sweet and sugary but isn't over powering at all! I love to burn it right when I wake up in the morning and just lay in bed for a while. It's very festive but not too strong and offensive, a perfect medium for me. 

Love Actually
Ahh, Love Actually. If you haven't seen this movie, it's a must. I love that it has some pretty emotional moments, but also has some "roll on the floor laughing" moments too. It brings the holidays all together and focuses on what's important. Not gifts, not outfits, but family and love. Here's a clip from one of  my favorite scenes in case you're on the fence about it! #yourewelcome


Cozy Socks
Can you really get through winter without a cozy, warm pair of socks? I don't wear slippers because they make my feet too hot, but I love a god pair of comfy. I have way too many pairs of LL Bean ones, but this year the J. Crew camp socks will hopefully be in my stocking! 

Snuggly PJs
If you have cozy socks and no comfy pjs, are you really doing the holidays right? I love the way a flannel pajama set looks and when it comes to warmth and comfort, you just can't beat it. I'm loving this plaid set from Gap! 

Michael BublĂ© Christmas Album
This album has been on repeat in my car since November 1st. I love that there are some slow songs and some fast ones, but all have a special BublĂ© touch. When I'm driving, especially at night, and I have the heat cranked, nothing makes it feel more like Christmas then this album. I'm a bit obsessed. 

Favorite DIY Gift - Hot Chocolate Jars 
I feel like DIY gifts are so much cuter than store bought gifts that take no thought. Hot chocolate in a jar is so easy to make (you just put cocoa powder, marshmallows, chocolate, and sometimes cinnamon in a jar) and people love it! I've also done this with coffee and it was a big hit! It doesn't cost much or take up tons of time, but it is much more special than that meaningless gift card or tack Christmas sweater that you pick up last minute! 

Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys
If I had to pick one song that I'm absolutely loving right now, it'd be this one. It has such a different vibe then the normal Christmas song, but it's still upbeat and Christmas-sy! It definitely puts me in the holiday mood! 
 
Christmas Eve Traditions
Every family has their own Christmas traditions, and my family is no different. We always go to my great aunt's house for Christmas Eve to pop fireworks. When I was much younger we went to my grandparents and my grandfather played Santa for all the young kids, but now that we've grown older we'd rather fireworks! No matter where we go, on the way home, we always pretend to look for Santa's sleigh in the sky. Our local weather channel does a "Santa Radar" to predict what time Santa will get to our town so it was always fun to try and spot him (or Rudolph's red nose) before he got here! We also get to open one present on Christmas Eve and my younger sister and I always get up at about 2 am to sneak into the living room and see our gifts before everyone wakes up! 

What are your Christmas traditions and must haves? 
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