For today’s Blogmas, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about this season with you to brighten your day and help get you into the holiday spirit! Here are my 12 Loves of Christmas:
1. The Weather
I’m a person who runs warm ALL. THE. TIME. Currently, the two windows behind me are open and I am wearing a dress sans tights. I’m a werewolf; Marc had told me that I heat up our home just by being in a room. During the summer months, I am internally melting. But once that first, sweet, crisp day hits – the kind where the air tastes cold – I can breathe a sigh of relief that maybe, just maybe, I won’t sweat. (TMI? Oh, just you wait!)
Like all basic bitches, I love camel colored boots, cozy sweaters, chunky scarves, and earmuffs. Snow is a magical event in December. It’s so quiet and serene and gives me every excuse to…
2. Read(ing) Books
This is something I do year round, but I have some holiday winter favorites. Check out my Goodreads side bar to your right! I have collected Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter series for years (I even have one signed!) and I re-read all four each season. I just finished the first Winter Street and am deeply involved in the second Winter Stroll. The setting for these is Nantucket during Christmas Stroll weekend and through Christmas. Hilderbrand’s writing feels like it could be my life (I mean, minus the drama? I just love her detailed diction!). I’m also getting ready to wrap up Tru & Nell A Christmas Tale which I am LOVING because of the Harper Lee, Truman Capote, To Kill a Mockingbird backdrop. This is definitely more YA, but that is also one of the reasons I enjoy it so much! I’m a sucker for a great YA novel.
3. The Movies
I’m a the-cheesier-the-better kind of gal when it comes to Christmas movies. Admittedly, I start watching them in a very specific order in November. I like to begin with ones that are OVER the top and then work to my favorites.
The Bad, but Oh, So Good List:
- Santa Baby
- Holiday in Handcuffs (hello, Mario Lopez)
- Christmas Cupid
- Mistletones <– legitimately one of my favorites
Moving through December:
- The Santa Clause
- Christmas with the Kranks
- Four Christmases
- The Holiday
- Love Actually
- Home Alone
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (I prefer the live action)
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- Anything Rankin Bass
4. Holiday Lights
Doesn’t the world look more beautiful with holiday lights (or fairy lights as our overseas friends call them) strung up in the trees? It’s so dark so early and driving or walking around to look at lights is something I never tire of. It’s magical. A perfectly spiraled tree could make any adult feel like a kid again. And in the fight of white or multi color, I’m a classicist. White lights for the win.
5. Baking & Cooking
My three year old loves to bake. She is learning how to measure, pour, and crack eggs. I even have a matching Christmas apron for her to wear (evidence coming soon). Baking just feels right this time of year. There are so many festive recipes and I love to give food as gifts! Who doesn’t want to receive something homemade with love and 5 sticks of butter?! Pinterest was made for holiday baking and cooking! There is something so comforting in pulling out a warm [insert whatever baked good here] from your oven while your home fills with the smell. This is a go to activity for Caleigh and I in the afternoon!
To go along with #5, I love to have family and friends over. Marc and I are lucky to live in my grandparents’ home; I grew up going to this house for holidays with my whole family. We wanted to make sure this tradition lived on when we bought it and so far, it has. We host Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner. This year, there will be 15 of us for Christmas Eve and 12 for Christmas Dinner. Christmas Eve is “Crockpot Christmas”. My family pitches in and we all make courses in our Crockpots. They are easy to transport and it’s a night of Secret Santa swap, loud conversation, and pajama traditions (read more about that here in Blogmas Day 2). Then, for Christmas Dinner, we pick a theme and work all of our dishes into that. This year, we’re thinking of a Southern Belle Christmas (partially because of Caleigh’s LOVE for Belle in Beauty and the Beast and partially because southern cooking is incredible).
To find out the final six of my twelve loves, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!